If you are young and have a work disability, you will find it difficult to find a sustainable job, says State Secretary Tamara van Ark (Employment). Moreover, such an adapted work relationship is often not sustained for long. These young people agree and therefore tell municipalities, employers and students about their work limitation.
It will be easier for employers to create jobs for people with disabilities, the state secretary said this summer. The Job Arrangement Act will be amended accordingly.
"Soon it will no longer matter to which employer someone with a work disability works," says Van Ark.
Employers now have to deal with complicated and heavy administration and that gives strange incentives to the system, wrote the minister.
"It doesn't matter where someone goes to work, that someone starts working counts." Tamara van Ark, State Secretary
"Incentives that prevent employers from choosing to create jobs for people with disabilities, even though there were workplaces available."
With the simplification, she wants to realize the purpose of this law. In 2026, according to that law, there must be 125,000 extra jobs for people with a work disability.
"Municipalities find it difficult"
Young people with a work disability in particular are missing the boat. As long as they are under the age of 27 and still live at home, they are not entitled to benefits and therefore do not cost any money.
This does not encourage the responsible municipalities to get this target group to work, while it has been the task of municipalities for a few years now.
"I use a lot of medication and cannot take on a full-time job." Inge van der Knaap
According to the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate, municipalities find it difficult to assist this group. "Municipalities are looking for the right design of services for young people with a work disability. Some municipalities have even recently come to the conclusion that a special approach is required."
"The changes are not too bad"
This special approach can be better than expected in practice, says 25-year-old Inge van der Knaap, who has an occupational disability. She works as a financial advisor at a municipality and suffers from the chronic ulcerative colitis disease. "I use a lot of medication and I am tired more often. That is a vague concept, because everyone is sometimes tired. For me it means that I have to rest a lot and cannot take on a full-time job. I would like that."
Via a career advisor, Van der Knaap went to work at the REALISTEN Academy, a project of CNV Jongeren in which employers and students are informed about work restrictions by people who have a work limitation themselves. "Talking about my disability is quite a bump for me, but the project has given me the confidence to talk about what my disability is and what I need. I don't want to make it bigger than it is."
The adjustments that the employer offers do not represent much, says Van der Knaap. "It is important to me that I have flexible working hours and that I can work at home when needed. That is possible at my employer."
Young people do not keep up their work
It is not only difficult for many young people with disabilities to find a job, but in many cases they do not last long, says the Inspectorate SZW. There is a lack of a long-term vision of the support that is required, the inspection notes in the investigation. At work, for how long?
Marielle Vermeulen is such a young person with a disability who, despite a benevolent employer, did not keep up with her job. According to her, that is not a problem, because employers do not know what to do with restrictions. Moreover, hers is hard to see.
Vermeulen: "I have TOS, a language development delay. That means I don't understand all spoken language. My brain doesn't process all the information and I miss a lot. It's difficult to teach and I have a low level of education."
"I didn't feel appreciated"
Her job at the supermarket proved to be unsustainable despite supervision. "I did practical training and a level 1 hospitality education. After that I came home. You get all the tests, you get into a target group register and you find suitable work. That's how I got my job at the supermarket. After a while decided that I had to go and clean there. "
"I didn't mind cleaning, but I did notice that people ran into me with their carts." Marielle Vermeulen
"That didn't bother me so much, but it was that people with their carts hit me while I was cleaning. I didn't really feel appreciated. Due to my disability, I also missed a lot of instructions. If someone tells me to clean the floor and after that I have to go over it with the joke and also have to mop under the propositions, then I can't remember that. "
Vermeulen now provides independent information to employers and students about her work limitation. She does that as part of her social service (MTD) and that gives Vermeulen a certificate.
"For me, that is quite a lot. I used to relinquish my effort to find a job to employers. I thought they should help me. Now I think we can learn from each other. They just find it really difficult. Who is in a world of expensive cars or knows nobody with a disability at all, it just doesn't get it. "