WHO World Report On Disability

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New World Report Shows More Than 1 Billion People With Disabilities Face Substantial Barriers In Their Daily Lives

WHO Disability9 JUNE 2011 | NEW YORK – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank today revealed new global estimates that more than one billion people experience some form of disability. They urged governments to step up efforts to enable access to mainstream services and to invest in specialized programmes to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities.

The first-ever World Report on Disability provides the first global estimates of persons with disabilities in 40 years and an overview of the status of disability in the world. New research shows that almost one-fifth of the estimated global total of persons living with disabilities, or between 110-190 million, encounter significant difficulties. The report stresses that few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond to the needs of people with disabilities. Barriers include stigma and discrimination, lack of adequate health care and rehabilitation services; and inaccessible transport, buildings and information and communication technologies. As a result, people with disabilities experience poorer health, lower educational achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.

“Disability is part of the human condition,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life. We must do more to break the barriers which segregate people with disabilities, in many cases forcing them to the margins of society.”

“Addressing the health, education, employment, and other development needs of people living with disabilities is fundamental to achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” says Robert B. Zoellick, President of The World Bank Group. “We need to help people with disabilities to gain equitable access to opportunities to participate and contribute to their communities. They have much to offer if given a fair chance to do so.”

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  1. Pam Remple

    I had worked since I was 13 years old and alll of a sudden I was being called lazy and just looking for a free ride. I had 19 surgeries and been on metho(chemOo) for three years. Lost 100 lbs and all my hair and still family said get up get going and stop whining.I never complained, did what I could and when Isat in a chair, I looked just like them, so naturally, I was just looking for hubby to do it all and I would just take the free ride. It used to make me so angry, I would put myself to bed for days. It has been 16 years, I show the signs now, been on narcotics for ten years, but I still see that look.I admit, sometimes I do wish it on them just for 24 hours….

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