Do measures and safeguards exist to ensure the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing?


States Parties shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of the right to social protection, including measures to ensure access to appropriate and affordable services, to social protection programmes and poverty reduction programmes, to public housing programmes or retirement benefits and programmes.

In detail

58% of respondents confirmed that such financial support, although mandated by law, is either not available to all, or is limited in extent. Most respondents highlighted the following challenges:

  • Inadequate financial support: financial support is often minimal and not enough (for products such as food, medication, clothing, personal assistance, hygiene products). Due to the high costs of disability assistance, PWDs cannot afford adequate basic living standards, and many fall into a cycle of poverty. People with severe disabilities are the main sufferers from inadequate financial support. In some countries, such support is not supported by the government.
  • Selectivity of schemes or funds: The assistance PWDs are entitled to receive is dependent on whether PWDs qualify to strict sets of criteria which often depend on the type of disability.
  • Not all areas of social protection are addressed. For example, although shelter, clothing and food is provided in the US, many cannot access recreation facilities, consult physicians for second opinions or afford private transportation