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  • 1 in 12 households in India has a disabled member
  • There has been a 5% drop in the employment rate of physically-challenged individuals in the decade leading up to 2002.
  • Employment of people with disability among large private firms was only 0.3% of the workforce, and among MNCs, only 0.05%.
  • The fall in the employment rate of working age disabled people from 42.7% in 1991 to 37.6% in 2002 was almost universal across the country and also across all education levels.
  • 8% of its 1.1 billion citizens disabled (‘People with Disabilities in India: From Commitments to Outcomes’, World Bank).