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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 information via our disability news, informative articles, and educational videos. In addition to our articles and 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.

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. Almost all of us will have a type of disability at some point in our lives. 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".

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.

  • 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.
  • 41% of people with arthritis are forced to limit their physical activity, making it the leading cause of disability in the US.
  • Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions - among other causes.
  • According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, 33% of 20-year-old workers will become disabled before reaching retirement age.
  • For more statistics and information visit our section on World Disability Facts & Statistics
Latest Published Information:

Information regarding the Harvard Personal Genome Project, the founding project in the PGP network.
Posted In Medical Research - 2015-03-27

Information regarding Microphthalmia and Coloboma, a form of eye abnormality that arises prior to birth.
Posted In Vision Disability - 2015-03-26

Information on adaptive clothing designed for people with disabilities or mobility challenges and seniors who may have difficulty dressing themselves.
Posted In Assistive Technology - 2015-03-25

Sixteen severely disabled workers laid off - U.S. federal jobs program gets sued.
Posted In United States - 2015-03-25

The Bradley timepiece is a tactile watch for people who experience vision loss as well as people who are sighted.
Posted In Visual Aids - 2015-03-24

Article examines possible link between food allergies and arthritis conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Posted In Food Allergy - 2015-03-24

Pioneering work underway seeks to understand and repair brain function at the molecular level.
Posted In Traumatic Brain Injury - 2015-03-23

Paul Dodenhoff writes on Maximus taking over from Atos Healthcare as UK provider of Fitness for Work Programme and the Work Capability Assessment.
Posted In UK Disability News - 2015-03-23

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