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Sense International response to the International Development Select Committee report

10 April 2014

Global deafblind charity Sense International has today responded to the International Development Select Committee's report on disability and development.

James Thornberry, Director of Sense International, said:

"These findings make it crystal clear that the UK can no longer continue to ignore the needs of disabled people in its international aid programmes. There are one billion disabled people in the world and 70% live in developing countries where they struggle to access a suitable education, healthcare, employment and the support they need.

"The Department for International Development must take on board the committee's recommendations and ensure that this significant group, who need support the most, benefit from the UK's aid efforts. This is an opportunity for the UK Government to once again demonstrate leadership in the field of international development through supporting people who are frequently the most deprived and marginalised.

"We know from our experiences of supporting deafblind people in these countries that many do not experience the benefits of aid. Disabled people need specialist and targeted support and without this they will continue to be excluded from society and the benefits of development."

For media enquiries contact the Sense International press office on 0207 014 9381.

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First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017