Policies to Promote the Inclusion and Well-being of People with Disabilities: Evidence and Knowledge Gaps

Despite representing a significant share of the population, persons with disabilities (PwD) continue to face challenges to social and economic inclusion. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), approximately 1 out of every 7 people have a disability, upwards of 88 million people in 2020 (Berlinski et al., 2021). The rapid pace at which population is aging in LAC is expected to expand the population with disabilities by 60 million in the region over the next three decades, reaching a total of 150 million. In the past few years, the evidence base regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities has advanced considerably, both in high and low-to-mid-income countries. This policy brief focuses on the lessons learned from rigorous studies in education, social protection and labor markets and identifies the key knowledge gaps relevant for Latin America and the Caribbean.