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"Disability will affect the lives of everyone during their life, it is time society changed to acknowledge this"

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 disability organizations and Government Departments, each day we manually select relevant items from around the web that we consider will be of interest to persons with disabilities, carers, and the general public. Submission of disability related information, press releases and events are welcome.

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?

Latest Health & Disability News


LIGHT FOR THE WORLD supports global efforts to ensure education for every child.
Disability Education: Scholarships & Special Needs - 2016-04-28


Isotretinoin (Accutane), used to treat severe acne, can severely harm a fetus, causing craniofacial, cardiac and central nervous system defects, and high likelihood of miscarriage or medical termination.
Pharmaceutical: Drug Types, Interactions & General Information - 2016-04-28


As the U.S. population ages, nursing scholar calls for paradigm shift in approach of health-care system.
Medical: Health & Disability Information - 2016-04-28


Netflix will make movies and videos accessible by adding audio description for their blind customers.
Disability Communication: Etiquette & Communication Methods - 2016-04-26


Article about my personal experiences with Treacher Collins Syndrome - a craniofacial disability.
Disability Blogs: Topics Regarding Disabilities - 2016-04-25


HEADWAY-DLB is a phase 2b multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate investigational medicine RVT-101 for dementia with Lewy bodies.
Clinical Trials: Volunteers & New Drug Research - 2016-04-25


New plan to address social isolation among Edmonton seniors is being implemented through a collaborative set of projects.
Disability News: Alberta Canada - 2016-04-24


Treating traumatic brain injury with human neural stem cells increases M2 microglial proteins and contributes to anti-inflammatory effects.
Traumatic Brain Injury: TBI & Concussion Information - 2016-04-22


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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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★ April 29, 2016 Awareness Day:

Awareness calendar with red ribbon

  • INAD 2016 (International Noise Awareness Day) - Wednesday April 29th 2016. All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 20th annual International Noise Awareness Day