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People with disabilities are the largest minority group any person can join at any time, and due to accidents and old age eventually do. Disability will affect the lives of everyone during their life, it is time society changed to acknowledge this.

The primary focus of Disabled World is to provide information via our disability, health, medical, assistive products and world news including breaking news and information we receive from worldwide disability organizations and government departments, universities and educational institutions, as well as our in-house articles.

Definition

The word "disabled" means having physical or mental disability, unable to perform one or more activities 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 late 20th century, and remains the most accepted term in UK and US English. "Disability" and "Disabled" are terms undergoing change due to disability rights movements. Which is right, disability or disabled?

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".

Statistics

Disability is a subject you may read or hear about, but 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 than ever before due to our aging societies, as well as improved medical treatment. Even celebrities and other famous people have, or develop, disabilities. Some people are born with a disability, others become disabled due to an illness or injury, and some develop them as they age. At some point in our lives almost all of us will have some type of disability.

Facts from our Disability Statistics section:

  • 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) have 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.

Latest Disability News

:: KD Smart Chair Sponsors UC of San Diego to Develop an Autonomous Wheelchair - The end product of the Smart Wheelchair project will be an open source, low cost, assistive powered KD Smart Chair wheelchair with and autonomous navigation technologies.

:: Medicare Recipients Can Be Denied Supplemental Medigap Coverage Due to Pre-Existing Conditions - Senior Citizens League warns elderly considering dropping Medicare Advantage plan for traditional Medicare and supplemental Medigap policy to get counseling before canceling health plan.

:: Disability Poem by Nancy Hall - This poem by Nancy Hall shows just how lonely some individuals with disabilities can get as they are often abandoned by those they love the most.

:: Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Shown to Reduce Amputee Pain and Phantom Limb Sensations - Innovative surgery Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) shown to reduce amputee pain, phantom limb sensations, according to new study published in the Annals of Surgery.

:: List of Benzodiazepines: Types and Medical Uses - Explanation of Benzodiazepines (Benzos) including a list of common Benzodiazepine brand and other names, their medical purpose and uses.

:: Human Growth Hormone (HGH) - An Anti-aging Remedy? - HGH has an effect on almost all our tissues and organs, it enhances growth of various organs and tissues, muscle and bone, and increases protein synthesis.

:: OCTA Eye Scan May Detect Sign of Early Alzheimer's - Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer's disease in a matter of seconds.

:: Disability Scholarships from Scholarship America - Wells Fargo - Wells Fargo & Co. and Scholarship America announce the People with Disabilities Scholarship Program call for applications.


Diagram of the human spinal column
C1-S5 Spine & Spinal Cord Information

The human spinal column comprises 33 bones, 7 vertebrae in the cervical region, 12 in the thoracic region, 5 in the lumbar region, 5 in the sacral region, 4 in the coccygeal region.

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can occur anywhere along the spinal cord. It is the result of damage to cells in the spinal cord and causes a loss of communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the injury.



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