The barriers to the full social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities include the following:

– inaccessible physical environments and transportation,

– the unavailability of assistive devices and technologies,

– non-adapted means of communication,

– gaps in service delivery,

– and discriminatory prejudice and stigma in society.

Global awareness of disability-inclusive development is increasing. 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) ratified by 185 countries including Nigeria, promotes the full integration of persons with disabilities in societies.

The CRPD specifically references the importance of international development in addressing the rights of persons with disabilities. 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals also states that disability cannot be a reason or criteria for lack of access to development programming and the realization of human rights.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework includes seven targets which explicitly refer to persons with disabilities, and six further targets on persons in vulnerable situations, which include persons with disabilities.


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