Better access to technology needed for people with disabilities

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A blind university student at the Sudanese Association for Disabled People. The student is pictured with his audio recorder, which he uses to review class lectures. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Too many people with disabilities lack access to essential technology tools, according to the UN Secretary-General.

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Ban Ki-moon is calling on people to leave no one behind and to harness the power of technology to benefit all.

The UN chief says employers can help create an enabling environment for persons with disabilities so that they may fully use their skills and capacities.

An estimated one billion people worldwide live with a disability, of whom 80 per cent are in developing countries.

On Wednesday the UN is also announcing new partnerships with various stakeholders to save more lives in times of disasters and emergencies.

Studies show that the mortality rate of the disabled population is two to four times higher than that of the non-disabled population in many disaster situations.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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