"Strong link" between disability and poverty, says UN rights expert

6 February 2017

At least 125 million people with disabilities are living in “extreme poverty” worldwide, according to a United Nations disability rights expert.

Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar is the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Speaking during a panel discussion on the links between poverty and disability at UN Headquarters in New York, she said that the disabled faced disproportionately-high rates of poverty.

Ms Devandas Aguilar told Lucy Dean there needs to be more understanding of the financial costs associated with disabilities.

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