Poverty and disability go hand in hand, creating a cycle that’s hard to escape.


Extreme poverty causes disability through many factors including a lack of access to adequate nutrition, preventative and curative health care, access to clean water and sanitation, and unsafe working conditions.


Disability contributes to and deepens poverty on an individual, family and community level due to discrimination and institutional and attitudinal barriers. So a person with a disability and their family are less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education, skills training and employment opportunities – opportunities which could otherwise reduce poverty.