2013-12-02

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations: Disability is Not Inability | LinkedIn

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Disability is Not Inability

 

Disability is part of the human condition; almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life. There are currently more than a billion people with disabilities around the world – that’s around 15% of the population of the planet.



Although the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the right to work on an equal basis with others, too many persons with disabilities of working age do not have the opportunity to get a decent job. In developing countries up to 90% of this group are unemployed, with significant consequence: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has found that excluding persons with disabilities from the labour market in some low- and middle-income countries costs economies as much as 7% of GDP.
Many of the challenges to accessing work and career for persons with disabilities are obvious, such as physical obstacles in the work place. But a major challenge is one that may be unseen and can, at times, seem almost insurmountable: the ignorance and misconception about disability that fuels stigma and discrimination.

Disability is Not Inability | LinkedIn

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