Policy Brief 6 - Including people with disabilities in crisis response

Even before the economic, social and jobs crisis, people with disabilities were less likely to be in employment than non-disabled persons and to count among the poorest in society. While there is scant data on how they have fared during the crisis, it is generally assumed that they have been disproportionately affected, directly or indirectly. Their potential to contribute to recovery needs to be recognized and tapped to ensure that they are not locked in greater poverty than before, that they can live independently and participate actively in society.