Workability Europe was the first Regional Group to be formed by the European members of Workability International in 1995. On 8 February 2001 a legal framework was established for Workability Europe as an independent not-for-profit Association under Dutch law.
Today, Workability Europe is the largest employer body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities in Europe. It has over 43 member organisations located in more than 23 countries. The growing membership provides work programmes for over 1,250,000 persons with a disability yearly.
Workability Europe cooperates with the European Institutions and strives to contribute to EU's Disability and Social Agenda. It is a founding member of the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Federation of Social Employers (FEDES), and a member of the Platform of European Social NGOs, Business & Disability European Network, the Social Employers Network (SEN), European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services (CEEP), and the European Council for Non-Profit Organisations (CEDAG). Workability Europe also works closely with other international organisations, employers, trade unions and relevant NGOs.
Workability International, the world organisation, was founded in 1987. Originally known as International Organisation for the Provision of Work for People with Disabilities who are Occupationally Handicapped (IPWH), the organisation adopted its current name at its World AGM in January 2002.