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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. Submissions of quality health, disability articles, newsworthy press releases and events are welcome - See our 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.
  • 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 ageing 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?

News: Latest Health & Disability News

Health & Disability: Reports, News & Medical Conditions - 2015-09-04
Information regarding Dysautonomia, a term used to describe different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system

Social Security: Information for Persons with Disabilities - 2015-09-03
Single motherhood requires efforts to end female poverty by enforcing anti-discrimination laws and offering opportunities and training for better-paying positions

Disability Blogs: Topics Regarding Disabilities - 2015-09-03
Laura Merleau-McGrady in Guangzhou, China, begins new job as English teacher at The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University

Allergy & Allergies: Types & Information - 2015-09-03
Information regarding various dust allergies including symptoms, types, and triggers of allergic reactions

Male Health: Medical Concerns for Aging Men - 2015-09-03
Research by a VA team confirms longer lasting colonoscopies are associated with lower cancer rates

Medical Research: News & Information - 2015-09-02
Klinefelter syndrome is the most common disorder of the male sex chromosomes, yet is rarely diagnosed in children

Disability Housing: Purchase Rental & Discrimination - 2015-09-02
ECC Management plans to build more cottage homes with the goal of providing a new housing option for adults with disabilities

Mobility Walking Aids: Information & Reviews - 2015-09-01
First time a person with chronic, complete paralysis has regained enough voluntary control to actively work with a robotic exoskeleton designed to enhance mobility

Accessible Games: Assistive Gaming - Puzzles, Arcade & Brain Games Reviews - 2015-09-01
Radegast new text-based viewer allows the blind community to play games such as Second Life

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