Persons with Disabilities Experience Significant Challenges in Developing World: Report

The first comprehensive World Report on Disability, recently published by WHO and the World Bank, reveals that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

Findings of the report include
“Across the world, people with disabilities have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, less economic participation and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is partly because people with disabilities experience barriers in accessing services that many of us have long taken for granted, including health, education, employment, and transport as well as information. These difficulties are exacerbated in less advantaged communities.”

People with disabilities face barriers in the areas of health care, education and employment; the report goes on to provide recommendations to ameliorate these challenges with the goal of enabling access and empowering individuals.  
Recommendations include, enabling access to systems and services; increasing public awareness and understanding of disability; and investing in programs and services for people with disabilities.  
The report aims to provide a context and priorities for the implementation worldwide of  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The release of this landmark report is crucial to promoting the needs of 15 % of the world’s population that live with disabilities and face numerous challenges, particularly in the developing world.

The Happy Family Center for Children with Disabilities is an example of a community based rehabilitation center whose goals align with the stated aim of the World Report on Disability to “improve accessibility and equality of opportunity; promoting participation and inclusion; and increasing respect for the autonomy and dignity of persons with disabilities.”  
HapFam’s daily programs for local children with disabilities and community outreach efforts work to improve the lives and future opportunity for all students and their families.

The video series “What’s Disability to Me?” gives the opportunity to hear the voice of some people with disabilities and serves to personalize the message of the report.  
Check out Faustina’s story here:
and then check out young Andre from HapFam
as he develops his daily living skills.



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