With several empirical evidences, this book advocates on the importance of human capital of persons with disabilities and demands the paradigm shift from charity into investment approach. Society in general believes that people with disabilities cant benefit from education, cant participate in the labour market and cant be contributing members to families and countries. To invalidate such assumptions, this book describes how education in particular helps make persons with disabilities achieve ecomic independence and social inclusion. For the first time, detailed analyses of returns to the investment in education and nexus between disability, education, employability and occupational options are discussed. Moreover, other chapters describe disability and poverty followed by the discussion of barriers behind why persons with disabilities are unable to obtain education despite the significantly higher returns. These foundational themes recur throughout the book.
Kamal Lamichhane is a research fellow at the Japan International Cooperation Agency's Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan. He completed his postdoctoral work under the fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science of the Government of Japan. His interdisciplinary research focuses on disability studies, inclusive education, development studies and international cooperation.