The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Based on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the SDGs emphasise a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. Disability is referred to in numerous SDGs, specifically in relation to education, growth and employment; inequality; and accessibility of human settlements. They are an important step towards addressing the barriers faced by persons with disabilities. The World Bank estimates that 1-billion people – 15% of the world's population – experience some form of disability, with a higher incidence in developing countries. South Africa is no exception. The 2011 census reveals the national disability prevalence rate is 7.5%. Disability is more prevalent among females compared with males (8.3% and 6.5%, respectively). The number of people with disabilities increases with age, with more than half (53.2%) of people aged 85+ having reported a disability. It is hardly surprising, although...

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