"Everyone should be able to participate. And they can, if you just want to"
"Our promise to people with disabilities is very important. Work gives structure, a sense of belonging, and provides self-esteem, now even more so than in the past. The Participation Act aims to ensure that everyone can participate. And it works, if you just want to."
Aart van der Gaag is commissioner and figurehead of the project 'On to the 100,000 jobs', an initiative of VNO-NCW, MKB-Nederland and LTO Nederland. He is also an inspirer for the government in their task of realizing 25,000 jobs for people with an occupational disability. Van der Gaag and his projects inform employers about working with people with an occupational disability and inspire them to also offer opportunities to people who cannot make it in society.