A Global Outlook on Disability
- 10 percent of the World's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability
80 percent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries
20 percent of the World's poorest people have a disability, and tend to be regarded as the most disadvantaged in their own communities
Women with disabilities are multiply disadvantaged and experience exclusion on account of both gender and disability
A small 2004 survey in India found that nearly all women and girls with disabilities were beaten at home
Mortality rates for children with disabilities are as high as 80 percent in countries where the under-five mortality rate has decreased to below 20 percent. This number may indicate practices to "weed-out" children with disabilities.
90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school
The global literacy rate for adults with disabilities is as low as 3 percent
Only 45 countries (of 193) have anti-discrimination and other disability-specific laws.