Persons with disabilities are NOT excluded from ....

"the general education system on the basis of disability, and that children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary education, or from secondary education, on the basis of disability"
Article 24 CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Linda Mastandrea, Paralympian and disability lawyer (USA):

For people born with a disability as I was, often the family expects very little of them, number one, so expectations are low; number two, physical barriers in the community may prevent them from accessing their community; and number three, social barriers may prevent them from accessing their community.

CONSIDER THE STATISTICS

  • Approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability—the world’s largest minority. This number is increasing because of population growth, medical advances and the ageing process. (WHO)
  • It is estimated that 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people have a disability and tend to be regarded in their own communities as the most disadvantaged. (World Bank)
  • Disability rates are significantly higher among groups with lower educational attainment in the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). On average, 19 per cent of less-educated people have disabilities, compared to 11 per cent among better-educated people. (OECD)
  • Mortality for children with disabilities may be as high as 80 per cent in countries where under-five mortality, as a whole, has fallen to below 20 per cent. In some cases, it seems as if disabled children are being “weeded out.” (Department for International Development, United Kingdom)

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