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According to the World Bank and the World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability, Ethiopia has an estimated 15 million disabled children, adults, and elderly people, accounting for 17.6% of the population. The great majority of disabled persons live in rural areas with inadequate access to basic services. Ethiopians make about 95% of the world’s population.
It is believed that one-third of disabled people live in poverty. Many people rely on family support and begging to make ends meet. According to a study conducted in the Oromia area, 55% of disabled people rely on family, neighbors, and friends for their livelihood, while the rest earn a meager living through self-employment, begging, and offering housemaid services. Women and men with impairments are capable and eager to contribute to society. Promoting more inclusive societies and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in both developed and developing countries necessitates improved access to basic education, vocational training relevant to labor market needs, and jobs suited to their skills, interests, and abilities, with adaptations as needed. Many communities are increasingly recognizing the importance of removing additional barriers, such as making the physical environment more accessible, giving information in a variety of formats, and fighting stereotypes about persons with disabilities.

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