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  • Date of update:2024-01-12
  • Date of inspection:2023-12-12

Sheltered employment services for people with disabilities

The sheltered employment service for people with disabilities is one of the employment models which promotes and establish sheltered workshops and provides sheltered employment services for people with disabilities who are willing to work but have insufficient skills.  People with disabilities who cannot enter the competitive employment market or sheltered employment over the short term will be provided training in the sheltered workshops.


Pursuant to Articles 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41 and 42 of the “People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act” and the sheltered employment service programs for people with disabilities administrated by local governments which are subsidized by the Ministry.


Combine government and social resources to build a perfect sheltered employment mechanism in order to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities and to protect their labor rights and interests.

Implementation methods

  1. People with disabilities who need sheltered employment but have insufficient work skills are the evaluated by vocational counseling units after being referred by employment reconstruction service window of the local government. Those who meet the requirements will be assigned to suitable sheltered workshops to work if they pass the evaluation conducted by the workshop concerned. Those who fail in the evaluation will be transferred by such window to receive services from other suitable units.
  2. People with disabilities in sheltered employment shall be entitled to the Labor insurance and National Health Insurance, and their salaries shall be settled by the sheltered workshop and shall not be subject to the basic wage limit. The concluded labor contract shall be reported to the local labor competent authority for approval and reference.
  3. The sheltered workshop shall, according to business needs, set up supervisors, professional or operational personnel to provide on-site assistance and counseling. The qualifications and appointment of professional staff shall be carried out according to the regulations prescribed in the Guidelines governing the appointment and cultivation of professional personnel of occupational reconstruction service for people with disabilities.
  4. Sheltered workshop provides sheltered support, employment transition and relevant services for people with disabilities who need shelter. The facilities in such workshops provide an accessible environment in accordance with the needs of the people concerned.
  5. Sheltered Workplace trainees: the occupational reconstruction case administrator shall recommend and introduce people with disabilities who want to work but lack employability and cannot enter the competitive employment market or sheltered employment in the short term to enter a sheltered workshop to learn. The administrator will also provide them with relevant services including sheltered workshop learning adoption, job skills training, employment transition and resource assistance.