July 11th, 2014
A new report commissioned by CBM in partnership with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability shows for the first time the economic cost of excluding people with disability not only to the individual, but also to their family, carers and society at large.
Focused on low and middle-income countries, this groundbreaking report shows the economic potential of people with disability, and how efforts to include people with disability can be hugely beneficial not only to individuals but to entire nations. Some of the findings show:
- In China, each additional year of school completed by people with disability leads to a wage increase of between 5-8%;
- In Bangladesh, the exclusion of people with disabilities from employment is estimated to cost the economy US$891 million every year; and
- Employees with disability have high attendance rates, better safety records and match productivity when compared to employees without disability.
The report also explores the link between poverty and disability and how each is a cause and effect of each other.
The information contained in the report provides a strong rationale on how the work of CBM around the world can assist people with disability to break the cycle of poverty and disability and have great economic benefits not only to the individual but to their community and society as a whole.
You can read the full report at: http://disabilitycentre.lshtm.ac.uk/new-report-economic-costs-exclusion-gains-inclusion-people-disabilities/