20021209 A Review of Disability Policies in South America

Disability Policies, Statistics, and Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review

This study is an attempt to review the current status of inclusive disability policies, statistics, and strategies in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC). Discussion focuses on six key elements:

-Conceptual framework, including key definitions, for disability analysis;

-United Nations (UN) commitment to equalize opportunities for people with disabilities;

-Ramifications of the UN commitment on regional and national policies in LAC;

-Summary of current knowledge on prevalence and causes of disability;

-Economic and social costs of disability; and

-Key characteristics of inclusive policies and strategies.