Lyn Bharath

Lyn Bharath.

Photo:  Robert Bharath

ALTHOUGH the differently abled make up a sizeable percentage of our population, we are starved of data concerning persons living with disabilities in T&T. But this we know for sure—their challenges are many. The differently abled live in an environ­ment that is not conducive to their needs; they lack access to transport and this limits their ability to function independently. In addition, they’re often stereotyped.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates the differently abled account for about 15 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion of developing nations. That figure includes not only those born with a disability but also those who have acquired a disability.

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