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Disability and Employment

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states that persons with disabilities have the same right to work as everyone else. Discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited, and the employment of persons with disabilities must be advanced. Adequate modifications that support the work of persons with disabilities must be made… Read more Disability and Employment

Disability and Participation

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes the right of persons with disabilities to participate in society, decision-making and cultural life on an equal basis with others. Organizations of persons with disabilities (Disabled Peoples Organisations or DPOs) are important in making the voices of persons with disabilities heard. Strong DPOs can… Read more Disability and Participation

Disability and Gender

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities pays special attention to women and children with disabilities. Countries that ratify the Convention commit themselves to carry out measures to ensure that women and girls with disabilities can enjoy all human rights and basic liberties fully and equally. Multiple discrimination consists of at least… Read more Disability and Gender

Disability and Health

World Health Organization (WHO) defines disability as an umbrella term that covers impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Impairment is an abnormality in body function or structure. Access to primary health care is more difficult for people with disabilities than for people without disabilities. This is mainly due to low education level, social deprivation and… Read more Disability and Health

Disability and Education

There are 93 to 150 million children (ages 0-14) living with disabilities in the world today. It is estimated that only 2 to 3 % of children with disabilities in developing countries attend school. Even very mild learning difficulties may prevent school enrolment and attendance.  Especially girls with disabilities are often left behind. Negative attitudes… Read more Disability and Education

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Disability and Poverty

Persons with disabilities are among the poorest members of society. 20 percent of the poorest people in the world are disabled (source: UN). Poverty is one of the leading causes of disability. Disability, in turn, often leads to poverty and a person with a disability faces social and economic exclusion from her family and community.… Read more Disability and Poverty