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Disabilities and Development

Disabilities and Development
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Boy in Wheel Chair - Cambodia


Small Blue Open Quote The World Bank considers it crucial that countries adopt development policies that include the concerns and needs of disabled people, who account for approximately 10 percent of the world’s population.
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International Disability Conference
 From Exclusion to Inclusion

For millions who live with physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health disabilities, the additional burden of isolation and a lack of understanding by others may form insurmountable barriers to productive and rewarding lives. Support from health systems and public policy reforms can help break the cycle of poverty that often accompanies disability.

Mr. Wolfensohn committed the Bank to supporting greater equity for the disabled as he commemorated the International Day of Disabled Persons -- December 3 -- at the Second International Disability Conference, sponsored by the Bank.

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Impact and Solutions:

Disability and Inclusive Development Speaking to more than 700 attendees at the Bank's Second International Disability Conference on solutions to problems of the disabled.

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From Exclusion to Inclusion- Video on Bank disability work.
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Breaking the Cycle - Collecting information to better understand the issues and to seek solutions.
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Public Service Announcement - People work past their disabilities.

Disability and the Bank - A new and stronger focus.

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HIV/AIDS and Disability - The more than 400 million disabled in the developing world are often overlooked as HIV/AIDS marches across the world's regions.

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