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20040203 Fact Sheet on Poverty and Disability


20040203 Fact Sheet on Poverty and Disability

Inclusion International

EXPOSING A GLOBAL PICTURE OF DISABILITY AND POVERTY
-The United Nations estimates that 600 million people worldwide have a disability, of which approximately 70% are believed to live in a developing country
-According to the United Nations, one in 20 people have a disability (this is admittedly a conservative estimate. It has been noted that a more realistic figure is closer to one in 10), of which an estimated 1 – 3% of the total population have an intellectual disability 
-Recent World Bank estimates indicate that people with disabilities may account for as many as one in five of the world’s poorest people, suggesting that of the World Bank’s 1.3 billion living on less than $1 per day, approximately 260 million have a disability (or an estimated 43% of the total disabled population)
-UNICEF notes that some 150 million children with disabilities lack access to child care services, schools, recreation and other social services, and are likely to remain illiterate and untrained, ultimately unable to join the labour force