Marlee Matlin Headlines Panel Discussion on People with Disabilities in Times of Economic Crisis

Disabled people represent about 10% of the global population, and an estimated 20% of the world’s poor. But, it is not just in developing countries that disabled people face poverty. In the U.S., a recent study shows that about half of all working age adults who experience income poverty for at least 12 months, have a disability. In fact, in the United States people with disabilities, count for a larger share of persons experiencing income poverty than all minority, ethnic and racial groups combined. Disabled women are more likely to be poor than disabled men and non-disabled women. Their poverty is linked, in part, to the fact that they have limited opportunities for education and skills-development; and more than 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school. From an economic perspective, the cost of excluding disabled persons from the workplace deprives society from an estimated 2 trillion in annual losses. In the end, though some may think I live in a world of silence, silence is the last thing the world will ever hear from me. Hey! My Name is Marlee Matlin Five Six We see the water fountain

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