Social protection for people with disabilities: Cash benefits are not enough

Only one third of persons with severe disability around the world receives a disability-related benefit. Often the design of these benefits is not aligned with international standards.

Social protection policies in many countries perpetuate the misconception that disability is associated with “incapacity to work” and “poverty”. The emphasis is on the need to “compensate” for an assumed lack of ability to work.

The truth is that people with disabilities could be effectively included in societies if they were supported by well-designed social protection systems that empower them and promote their participation in all areas of social life.

Explore this InfoStory to learn how countries can take action to create more inclusive social protection policies that work towards the full and effective participation of people with disability.