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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. 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

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

Political Editorials: Disability & Health - 2015-09-01
Paul Dodenhoff writes on UN investigation into British human rights abuses against people with disabilities

Longevity: Extending Life Span Expectancy - 2015-08-30
Increase in healthy life expectancy not as dramatic as growth of lifespan with people living more years with illness and disabilities

Longevity: Extending Life Span Expectancy - 2015-08-29
Insights into biology of aging and age-related diseases, primarily, around stability and stress resistance of certain gene regulatory networks

Fruits & Vegetables: Health & Nutrition Information - 2015-08-28
Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to team of researchers

Disability: Benefits, Facts & Resources for Persons with Disabilities - 2015-08-28
The Zero Project nominations demonstrate there is a global movement of practitioners implementing inclusive education helping children with all kinds of disabilities around the world

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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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