An estimated 15 percent of the world’s population — some 1 billion people — live with disabilities that have a direct impact on their daily lives. One in every four households has a disabled member. While persons with disabilities account for a large proportion of the world’s population, they have been consistently left out of the gains made by global development. Disability was not mentioned in any of the Millennium Development Goals or their related targets and indicators. Evidence suggests that persons with disabilities have been left behind their non-disabled peers, and that the poorest members in many communities are consistently individuals with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only poorer in economic terms but are also comparatively poorer in many domains, including access to health care, education, employment and social inclusion, as well as resilience to environmental degradation and climate shocks. In addition, persons with disabilities often face stigma and prejudice that severely limit their ability to have a voice in their households and communities.

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