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10 facts on disability

Wheelchair user waiting to board the metro.
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Disabling barriers can be overcome.

Governments can:

  • promote access to mainstream services;
  • invest in specific programmes for people with disabilities;
  • adopt a national strategy and plan of action;
  • improve staff education, training and recruitment;
  • provide adequate funding;
  • increase public awareness and understanding on disability;
  • strengthen research and data collection; and
  • ensure the involvement of people with disabilities in implementing policies and programmes.
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