Persons with disabilities have the same basic health needs as non-disabled people, but they often face additional health risks. People with severe disabilities are often more susceptible to common diseases or co-morbid conditions. Despite the increased likelihood that persons with disabilities will experience health challenges, today’s current healthcare systems fail to provide adequate health care services to those who need it.
Systematic failures within the healthcare system have been linked to the poor health outcomes and lower life expectancies of persons with disabilities. It is estimated that the average life expectancy of men with disabilities is over 13 years lower than those without a disability, while being over 20 years lower for women with disabilities. Barriers can be related to lack of awareness and data, accessibility, and staff training among others.
EASPD is involved in several projects designed to overcome these barriers and implement Article 25 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (Goal 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals).