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Social Protection for Indigenous Persons with Disabilities

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July, 2016

Worldwide, the prevalence of disability tends to be higher within indigenous communities than among non-indigenous groups. During the last decade, much progress was made with regards to recognizing indigenous persons with disabilities’ right to an adequate standard of living and social protection. 

Although in many countries non-discrimination and equal opportunities law related to social security is in place, those instruments tend not to refer explicitly to indigenous people with disabilities. Thus, further efforts must be put into developing policy and culturally appropriate assessment mechanisms, and building tools to overcome the uneven power relations that have historically excluded indigenous persons with disabilities from the provision of social protection.

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