Penny Mordaunt launches drive to help disabled in developing countries
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has set out plans to help disabled people in the world's poorest countries achieve their full potential.
In her first speech since her appointment earlier this month, she announced the UK is to bring together governments, charities and technology companies in a global disability summit in summer 2018.
Ms Mordaunt, who was previously the minister for disabled people, said the gathering in London would highlight the role innovation and technology can play in transforming the lives of people living with disabilities.
"For too long many people living with disabilities in the world's poorest countries have not been able to fulfil their potential due to stigma or a lack of practical support.
"They are, for example, missing out on school and the chance to work," she said.
"Discrimination is unacceptable in today's society.
"I want us all to act now and break down the barriers people with all disabilities face in their everyday lives, so they are not short-changed on opportunities to use their entrepreneurial spirit to help their countries prosper."
Ms Mordaunt was appointed International Development Secretary following the resignation of Priti Patel over her unauthorised meetings with senior Israelis.