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What is the relationship between disability and poverty?

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Elaine
10 June 2021
What is the relationship between disability and poverty?

What is the relationship between disability and poverty?

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Juliet Chow
10 June 2021

You’re welcome. Hope it be helpful.

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Elaine
10 June 2021

Thanks for your recommendation!

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Juliet Chow
10 June 2021

The fact that disability may create or make poverty worse is obvious. With often limited access to education and physical barriers to overcome, people with disabilities are most often severely disadvantaged on the employment market and, if employed at all, often get low-paid jobs and even lower salaries than their non-disabled colleagues. There are many examples of the extreme economic exploitation of individuals with a disability, for instance through organised begging. When poverty is widespread, persistent disability may be an additional dimension rather than a fundamental cause. Thus, the mechanisms linking disability and poverty may differ between contexts depending on the character of poverty, and thus also between high-income and low-income contexts. This will also apply to strategies for poverty alleviation. What is sometimes less obvious is the way that poverty influences, or creates, disability. Being poor may delay people in seeking help with health problems that are normally curable. Poor people also live under worse hygienic conditions (lack of sewage systems, lack of access to clean water) than the wealthier part of the population and have less access to nutritious food.

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