first ever World
report on disability,
produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a
billion people in the world today experience disability.
with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education
achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of
poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the
lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face
in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available
evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care,
rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to
create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to
flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions
for governments and their partners.
report on disability
will make a significant contribution to implementation of the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the
intersection of public health, human rights and development, the
report is set to become a "must have" resource for
policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for
people with disabilities and their families.
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