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Disabled World - Disability News & Information

People with disabilities are the largest minority group, the only one any person can join at any time.
• 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 worldwide information via our informative news, assistive technology product reviews, and educational videos. We publish news articles and information received from disability related organizations and Government Departments around the world that are of interest to persons with disabilities, carers, and the general public. Submission of disability related information, news, and events are welcome.

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 later 20th century - and remains the most generally accepted term in British and US English. Lately, "Disability" and "Disabled" are terms undergoing change due to the disability rights movement in the UK and the US - Disability or Disabled - Which Term is Right?

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 treatment. 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.

• About 1 in 5 people in America currently has a disability.

• 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.

• Between 110 million and 190 million adults worldwide have significant difficulties in functioning.

Rates of disability are increasing due to population aging and increases in chronic health conditions.

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".

Latest News

1 : How Often Do Medical Problems Lead to Bankruptcy? : Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
2 : Videocamp Launches $400,000 Fund and Challenges Filmmakers to Create a Film About Inclusive Education : Sarah Jane Rumford.
3 : vEAR: Why Can I Sometimes 'Hear' Silent Flashes When Viewing Animated Gif's? : City University London.
4 : New Jersey Digital Art Program for Individuals with ASD : Artistic Spectrum Digital Communications (ASDC).
5 : 2018 Lime Connect Fellowship Program for Students with Disabilities : Lime Connect.
6 : Epihunter Classroom - Making Silent Epileptic Seizures Visible : Mark Winters.
More Disability News...

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

Diagram of the human spinal column
Functions of C1 - S5 Spinal Vertebrae

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