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Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day was established in 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.
There is an estimated 1 billion people worldwide living with a disability, which is 15% of the world population. In the UK there is 13 million.
The 2011 World Health Survey analysis of employment rates amongst people with disabilities from 51 countries found:
Some of the biggest barriers to employment for people with disabilities is:
To help contribute to an inclusive and accessible society for all, organisations should review their disability and ill-health policies and training to ensure they are fully inclusive.