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Why does disability matter globally?

Provides an overview of the global magnitude of disabilty

This step is introduced by Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Inclusion Advisor for disability NGO Light for the World. Following this introduction, Dr Islay Mactaggart (LSHTM) shares some key global data on how common disability is, and how disability relates to age, gender and poverty across the world.

In her introduction, Yetnebersh summarises some of the core arguments as to why thinking about disability is of global importance, and why we should all promote disability inclusion across our personal and professional lives.

Dr. Mactaggart then explores some of the global statistics on disability, providing sources and looking at differences in the numbers of people living with disabilities across age groups, gender, and poverty level. She also starts to explain why the relationship between disability and poverty exists, which is then discussed in more detail as the course goes on.

Enjoy learning about why disability matters globally, and let us know in the comments whether any of the information here surprised you.

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