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Last update: April 26, 2022

Approximately 15 per cent of the population, representing over 1 billion people in the world have a disability. This figure is still accelerating in line with population increases, growing poverty, natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and an aging population. With such a large number of people living with a disability, it is vital that access to educational opportunities be made widely available. In this regard, opportunities for open and distance learning (ODL) may provide some solution to the difficulties faced by persons with disabilities in accessing information and education. Furthermore, access to information is recognized as one of the key fundamental human rights. Without access to reliable information and effective communication means, it is difficult to ensure an effective, inclusive and open learning process.

UNESCO

 

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