Around 600 million people in developing countries live with a disability, outnumbering most other marginalized groups. Women, children and youth with disabilities remain at the bottom of the income distribution ladder, facing a vicious circle of social exclusion, poverty, and lack of opportunity. They are among the poorest of the poor and are without access to basic services such as health and education. Their primary struggle is to survive and meet basic needs such as food and shelter, particularly when they face severe or multiple disabilities.
One child in ten is born with or acquires a physical, mental, sensory, intellectual, or physical disability due to preventable diseases, congenital causes, malnutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, accidents and injuries, armed conflict, or land mines. Only five percent of disabled children in developing countries have access to support or services of any kind, and less than two percent attend school.
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Disability KAR: Statistics on disability in developing countries
World Bank: YouThink!Disabilities