In pictures: International Day of Persons with Disabilities


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The Independent Online

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked on 3 December every year, with this year's them 'Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all'.

Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, live with some form of disability. Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, and economic discrimination and lack of equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as having a higher rate of mortality.

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