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"Disability will affect the lives of everyone at some point in their life, it is time society changed to acknowledge this" - Disabled World

The primary focus of the Disabled World web site is to provide up to date information via our informative articles, disability news and educational videos. In addition to our articles, stories from our in-house writers, and submitted news items by various organizations and Government Departments, each day we manually select relevant items from around the web for publishing that we consider will be of interest to persons with disabilities, carers, and the general public.

Submission of quality disability related health articles, press releases and coming disability events are welcome - submission guidelines.

Some Quick Disability Facts:

Disability is a subject you may read about online, or in a newspaper, but not think of as something that might actually happen to you. But your chances of becoming disabled are greater than you realize. Today more people live with a disability than ever before due to our aging societies as well as improved medical treatments helping manage long-term health problems. Some people are born with a disability, others become disabled as a result of an illness or injury, and some people develop them as they age. At some point in our lives almost all of us will have some type of disability. One of the key challenges for a person with a disability is to be seen by the public, to be portrayed in media outlets, and treated by health care professionals, as an individual with their own abilities, not just stereotyped as a "disabled person".

  • About 1 in 5 people in America currently has a disability.
  • Over a billion people, around 15% of the world's population, have some form of disability.
  • Between 110 million and 190 million adults worldwide have significant difficulties in functioning.
  • Physical disability is defined as when a person's physical functioning, mobility, dexterity, or stamina is limited.
  • 33% of 20-year-old workers will become disabled before reaching retirement age - U.S. Social Security Administration.
  • Rates of disability are increasing due to population aging and increases in chronic health conditions - among other causes.
  • 41% of people with forms of arthritis are forced to limit their physical activity, making it the leading cause of disability in the US.

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Definition of Disabled:

The word "disabled" is defined as having a physical or mental disability : unable to perform one or more natural activities (such as walking or seeing) because of illness, injury, etc. The word disabled came to be used as the standard term in referring to people with physical or mental disabilities in the second half of the 20th century - and it remains the most generally accepted term in both British and US English. Lately, "Disability" and "Disabled" are terms that are undergoing change due to the disability rights movement in the U.S. and U.K. To a lesser extent this is occurring worldwide - Disability or Disabled - Which Term is Right?

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for information regarding the human spine from C1 - S5 vertebra and which vertebra effect various body functions.

Latest Health & Disability News

Information regarding mold allergy including causes, prevention, symptoms and treatment.
Allergy & Allergies: Types & Information - 2016-02-11

Researchers suggest minority children less likely than otherwise similar white children to receive help for disabilities.
Special Education: Special Needs Students - Information & Resources - 2016-02-11

Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually impaired.
Disability Visual Aids: New Products & Reviews - 2016-02-11

Book: Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life by Thomas Armstrong.
Neurodiversity: Definition & Information - 2016-02-11

Information regarding Proton therapy, a method used to apply a specific radiation dose to a cancer tumor.
Therapy: Types, Facts & Treatments - 2016-02-10

The scam comes in an email seeming to be sent from the Social Security Administration with the subject line Get Protected.
Disability News: United States - 2016-02-09

Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys.
Autism: Symptoms, Facts & Treatment Research - 2016-02-09

Engineers have 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human livers sophisticated structure and function.
3D Printing: Medical Applications - 2016-02-09

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"People with disabilities are the largest minority group, the only one any person can join at any time." - More Disability Quotes

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Today 02-11-2016 is:
World Day of the Sick

The World Day of the Sick is celebrated every year on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11. The observation was started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses.

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