Disability, resistance and revolution

Murthwaite, Rob

Publisher:  International Socialism
Date Written:  22/06/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19572

The number of disabled people has grown from around 10 percent of the world population in the 1970s to 15 percent, 1 billion people, today. The World Health Organisation predicts that this figure will continue to grow as the world's population ages and chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease and stress related illness increase. Severe physical injury in warfare and road traffic accidents as well as industrial injury, malnutrition and insanitary living conditions also remain major causes of serious impairment. Around the world disabled people are among the most marginalised -- suffering poorer health outcomes, lower levels of educational achievement and higher levels of unemployment and poverty than non-disabled people.

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