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International Day of Persons with Disabilities


On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Social Development Direct is hopeful that through collective efforts by governments, the private sector and civil society we can create a more disability-inclusive world during the recovery from the pandemic.

Of the world’s one billion people with disabilities, 80% live in low- and middle-income countries. People with disabilities have been amongst the most severely impacted people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and prior to the pandemic people with disabilities were more likely to be living in poverty and less likely to have completed education or have access to healthcare than people without disabilities. People with disabilities continue to face unacceptably high levels of stigma, discrimination, violence and exclusion, made worse during the pandemic. Women and girls with disabilities experience double discrimination due to the intersection of gender and disability. For example, women with disabilities are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience intimate partner violence than women without disabilities.

You can learn more about the challenges that many people with disabilities face in low- and middle-income countries in our latest factsheet on poverty and disability, and you can learn more about how the Disability Inclusive Development Programme is working towards a more disability-inclusive future at the Inclusive Futures website.