World report on disability

June 21, 2022
Disabilities InclusionSSI Team

World report on disability

The World report on disability provides global guidance on implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It provides an extensive picture of the situation of people with disabilities, their needs and unmet needs, and the barriers they face to participating fully in their societies - which is very relevant to all service providers in the field. The Report highlights a range of good practice examples which Governments and civil society can emulate, to help establish an inclusive and enabling society in which people with disabilities can flourish.

From the World Health Organization: The 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.People 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.
This pioneering World 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.

The South South Institute recognises that adults and children with disabilities face increased risk and vulnerability, and are therefore several times more likely to experience sexual violence, abuse and exploitation. Research also indicates that children and adults with disabilities, and their families often face significant barriers to accessing services, and are consequently less likely to access protective and support services. We are committed to developing and supporting initiatives to address these disparities, to ensure that people with disabilities receive the protection and support they deserve. This page includes some useful reports and resources which can help increase our understanding of the issues, and become more inclusive in our work. Please contact us at SSI for further information and support to address inclusion issues.

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