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Why should the water and sanitation sector consider disabled people?


Why should the water and sanitation sector consider disabled people?

  • Disabled people are among the poorest, most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society. 
  • Development targets for water and sanitation will never be equitably met unless disabled people’s needs are included. 
  • The biggest problems for disabled people are obstacles in the environment, not their own impairment. 
  • Water and sanitation providers have a key role in reducing physical and infrastructural barriers in the environment. 
  • Disabled people often need only minor changes to be made to enable them to be included in ordinary water and sanitation service provision. Specialist skills and knowledge are therefore not required. 
  • Making water and sanitation facilities more accessible benefits everyone in the community, such as the elderly, the young and those who are ill.