More than a billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, are estimated to live with some form of disability, with higher prevalence in low-income countries.
Disabled people comprise of one of the largest single groups of excluded and chronically poor people in the developing world.
According to the Australian Bureau of statistics in 2009 four million people in Australia were reported as having a disability. Of all Australians with a disability in 2009, 7.2% were children aged 0-14 years.
According to a report published in The Guardian almost all families with disabled children are suffering from financial difficulties. Many struggle with the extra costs of raising disabled children, which is calculated to be three times higher than other children.
More than ninety-three per cent of families have reported some sort of form of financial difficulty, with only six per cent saying they were comfortably off.
There is a direct link between poverty, inequality and disability. The onset of disability is linked with a decline in social and economic wellbeing and an increase in poverty through a number of channels. These channels include stigma, adverse impacts on education, employment and income levels, inaccessible basic services and increased disability related expenditure.
Children and adults with disabilities are subject to exclusion and are often hidden away and discriminated against within their communities. From this we can conclude that children with disabilities have an increasingly damaging and difficult upbringing due to the direct link that disability has with poverty and inequality.
Students with learning disabilities struggle to keep up the academic pace and often feel lost in the classroom. What if these same students are also living in poverty? Addressing the larger problem of child poverty is difficult enough which means addressing the challenges of low-income children with learning...
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