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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 470-472

Prioritizing the needs of young people with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries: An evidence-based summary

1 Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Sweden and Assistant Director, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, Delhi, India
2 Executive Director, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child, Delhi, India

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Dr. Shantanu Sharma
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_1020_19

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Young people with disabilities face numerous challenges, including poorer access to education, health services, employment opportunities, etc., than their peers without disabilities. Besides, they tend to face discrimination, stigma, social exclusion, and violence. There is a lack of efficient, accountable, and coordinated policy-level actions for these people in low- and middle-income countries. On the contrary, Swedish welfare policies toward ensuring social security benefits and services for people with disabilities promote their effective integration and equal participation in society. There is a pressing need for political commitment and actions to make our systems inclusive and sensitive for people with disabilities, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

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