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Central America - Mexico: Disability Information Statistics & News

  • Synopsis: Disability information and news from Mexico and the seven countries that make up Central America.

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Central America has an area of 524,000 square kilometers (202,000 sq mi), or almost 0.1% of the Earth's surface. As of 2009, its population was estimated at 41,739,000.

Central America is currently undergoing a process of political, economic and cultural transformation that started in 1907 with the creation of the Central American Court of Justice. In 1951 the integration process continued with the signature of the San Salvador Treaty, which created the ODECA, the Organization of Central American States. However, the unity of the ODECA was limited by conflicts between several member states.

Disability in Mexico:

Mexico, officially known as the United Mexican States, is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2 million square kilometers (over 760,000 sq mi), Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 111 million, it is the 11th most populous country and the most populous Hispanophone country on Earth.

According to the general census of population and housing in the year 2000; there was 1,795,000 people with a disability in Mexico, which represents 1.8% of the population. Only 15% of people with a disability between the ages of 15 and 29 have an education. The legal standing of disability rights in Mexico is contradictory. A Federal Act for Persons with Disabilities is currently under legislative consideration, and Mexico has been very active in United Nations attempts to create a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention to Promote and Protect the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities. However, much current legislation lacks regulations, and compliance is a problem. Moreover, awareness of disability rights is low among both people with and without disabilities.

Countries Listed by Population in Central America Include:

Latest Central America & Mexico Publications

  1. Accessible Costa Rica for Travelers with Disabilities
    Until now Costa Rica has long been out of reach for Ticos and tourists in wheelchairs or with other disabilities.
  2. Children in Guatemala Receive Free Wheelchairs
    Children with disability in Guatemala look forward to living more independently after receiving free wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission through Children International.
  3. Safety of Retirees and Tourists in Mexico
    Mexico is a great place to live and enjoy so come with peace of mind and feel safe.
  4. Advocating for Haitians With a Disability - cbm Canada
    cbm partnerships with the State Secretariat for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.
  5. Relocation and Evacuation Plans for Tropical Storm Richard - Belize Tourism Board
    Belize Tourism Board Announces Relocation and Evacuation Plans for Tropical Storm Richard.

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