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10 facts on disability

Poor young man with deformed limbs from the Indian subcontinent moving in the street on a homemade wooden skateboard.
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People with disabilities are vulnerable to poverty.

People with disabilities have worse living conditions–including insufficient food, poor housing, lack of access to safe water and sanitation–than non-disabled people. Because of extra costs such as medical care, assistive devices or personal support, people with disabilities are generally poorer than non-disabled people with similar income.

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