“One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities.
The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.
People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives.
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The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.
This pioneering World report on disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a “must have” resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for people with disabilities and their families.
The Open Doors Foundations dream is to create a platform for families and young people living with disabilities both mental and physical. Offering support through financial assistance, equipment and provision of professional services. Creating a location where people can visit to receive much needed therapy along with helping to create social experiences and opening doors which had otherwise been closed before.
We realise that 1,000,000,000,000 (one billion) people living with disabilities is a huge number to be able to provide a service for. We do not for a minute think we can help everyone, but how about the other nine billion who can do something to help? If you feel you are able to help us in some way then please get in touch.