At-a-Glance: There is consistent research confirming the connection between poverty and intellectual disability. People with disabilities living in poverty have increased risk of poorer health and social exclusion. The financial and social impacts of childhood disability make families more vulnerable to poverty.
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Since people with intellectual disabilities are more likely to be at risk of poverty, they are more likely to be in poorer health. Likewise, people who live in poverty are often exposed to environmental risks that can cause disabilities. Positive policy changes have been identified, but there are many funding and delivery challenges. Policies need to better consider the limitations on families imposed by poverty.
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Citation: Emerson, E. (2007). Poverty and people with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 13(2), 107-113.
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