According to the South Korean National Survey on People with Disabilities in 2000 (KIHASA, 2001), 49.8% of the participants with disabilities and 34.2% of those with visual impairments indicated that the crucial reason for not being employed was that a severe disability made it "difficult to work." After the onset of a disability, how an individual perceives the disability is also important.
Lee, 1997; Park, 1999; Yu, 2002), possibly because only 3.4% of persons with disabilities have used vocational rehabilitation services (KIHASA, 2001).
In 2005, in South Korea, women with disabilities were employed at less than half the rate of men with disabilities (20.2% versus 43.5%) (KIHASA, 2006).
Just one-third of the participants were employed, down from 38.6% found in a 2005 national survey of persons with visual impairments, at a time when 60.3% of the population without disabilities was employed (KIHASA, 2006).
The KIHASA is addressing familiar issues such as privatization, services integration, voucher programs, client access, automation, resource management, etc.
Perhaps the highlight for me was touring the expansive KIHASA library and finding Policy and Practice prominently displayed in the periodical section.