One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries.
Persons with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes such as less education, poorer health outcomes, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates. Poverty may increase the risk of disability through malnutrition, inadequate access to education and health care, unsafe working conditions, a polluted environment, and lack of access to safe water and sanitation. Disability may also increase the risk of poverty, through lack of employment and education opportunities, lower wages, and increased cost of living with a disability.
Barriers to full social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities include inaccessible physical environments and transportation, the unavailability of assistive devices and technologies, non-adapted means of communication, gaps in service delivery, and discriminatory prejudice and stigma in society.
Host: Gareth Presch, CEO, World Health Innovation Summit
Harry Harrison, Inclusion Director, People First, Cumbria, UK
David Kerr, Ambassador & Disability-Rights Advocate – Tech for Social Impact
Lou Townson, Trustee of People First and Expert with Lived Experience