SOCHUM Committee

Disability as an Invisible Issue in the Development Frameworks

An estimated number of one million people with disabilities are still excluded from equitable access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare, and social and legal support systems. Hence, persons with disabilities are facing not only physical barriers, but social, economic, and attitudinal barriers as well.

150 countries have signed the international Human Rights Treaty of the United Nations (UN) intended to protect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. Parties are required to promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human rights by persons with disabilities and ensure they enjoy full equality under the law. However, in spite of such gains, disabilities remain largely invisible in most development processes, and greater efforts are needed to ensure that development processes include persons with disabilities in society to help realize the overall objective of the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society.

In this light, what kind of actions could any world’s party take to strengthen social cooperation between disabled minorities and the rest of the society as a way for an effective development process , and what steps could be followed to break different social stereotypes regarding this minority?