10 facts on disability

Updated September 2013

Introduction

Wheelchair user waiting to board the metro
WHO/Arthur Calasans

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world. People with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.

Disability is now understood to be a human rights issue. People are disabled by society, not just by their bodies. These barriers can be overcome, if governments, nongovernmental organizations, professionals and people with disabilities and their families work together. The WHO/World Bank World report on disability shows the way forward.

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