"People with disabilities are the largest minority group anyone can join at any time and due to accidents and old age eventually do. Disability affects the lives of everyone at some point in their life - it is time society changed to acknowledge this." - Disabled World.
One of the challenges for a person with a disability is to be seen by the public, portrayed by media, and treated by health care professionals, as individuals with abilities, not just stereotyped as a "disabled person". Enter Disabled World, we are an independent disability community established in 2004 with the primary focus of providing disability news and information by presenting accessible current affairs of interest to people with disabilities, their families, carers, and researchers, via material received from world governments, disability organizations, educational institutions, and our exclusive journal publications, reports, papers, and surveys.
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Disability is a subject you may not think of as something that may happen to you. However, your chances of becoming disabled are greater than you realize. Today, more people live with disabilities due to our aging societies and improved medical treatment. No one is excluded from joining the world's largest minority group at any time - including famous people, celebrities, and world leaders.
Some people are born with a disability, others become disabled due to an illness or injury, and some develop them as they age. During life, almost all of us will have some type of disability. Did you know:
- 33% of 20-year-old workers will become disabled before reaching retirement age.
- Over a billion people, around 15% of the world's population, have some form of disability.
- There are approximately 3.3 Million wheelchair users in the U.S and the number is increasing every year.
- Rates of disability are increasing due to world population aging and increases in chronic health conditions.
- 1 in 4 US adults (61M) has a disability that impacts major life activities - CDC Morbidity & Mortality Report, 2018-8-17.
- 93-95% of people with disabilities worldwide do not use a wheelchair, though the universal disability symbol is - a wheelchair.
For more facts see our disability statistics section.
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The study, Flocking to Fire: How Climate and Natural Hazards Shape Human Migration Across the United States, is the most extensive investigation of how natural disasters and climate change impacted U.S. migration over the last decade.
Category: Disability and Climate Change
Author: University of Vermont
Publish Date: 2022-12-08
|DF-COV-01 Drug Neutralizes COVID-19 Virus and Variants|
Researchers have developed a drug that potently neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 and is equally effective against the Omicron variant and every other tested variant.
Category: Coronavirus Information
Author: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Publish Date: 2022-12-07 - Updated: 2022-12-08
|Are Youngest in the Class Overmedicated|
The youngest children in a school grade are diagnosed with ADHD almost twice as often as the oldest in the class, suggesting age is a primary driver behind the diagnosis.
Category: ADHD and ADD
Author: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Publish Date: 2022-12-07
|NIHTB-CB Measures Cognitive Change in Intellectual Disability|
Research reveals NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery (NIHTB-CB) sensitive to developmental changes in children, teens and young adults.
Category: Cognitive Disabilities
Author: University of California - Davis Health
Publish Date: 2022-12-05
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