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10 facts on disability

A young worker with an intellectual impairment pouring liquid clay into a mould to make pottery at the Don Guanella Institute for Disabled People in Rome.
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People with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than non-disabled people.

Global data show that employment rates are lower for disabled men (53%) and disabled women (20%) than for non-disabled men (65%) and non-disabled women (30%). In OECD countries, the employment rate of people with disabilities (44%) was slightly over half that for people without disabilities (75%).

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