Antony Duttine, Rehabilitation Advisor at Handicap International, presented at the weekly Leaders in Development seminar on the link between poverty and disability, and the important role of advocacy. In his role, Mr. Duttine works to promote civil society and human rights for all, discussing the need for inclusive education that provides for the needs of every individual. His current research focuses on the economic effectiveness of rehabilitation, and his efforts to put rehabilitation on the global health agenda stem from an understanding of the underlying causes and impairments that lead to disability. As Mr. Duttine explained, diabetes is the number one cause of amputation worldwide, and as development professionals we must understand that not including disability in the conversation leads to not understanding fully the very issues we seek to address.

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