December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability! The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.
Disabilities can be classified as a condition or function that is significantly impaired relative to the majority of people. It can be a physical impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.
Everywhere in the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic, and attitudinal walls that stop them from participating completely as other members of society. They are not fairly represented among the world’s poorest, and do not get equal access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare, social and legal support systems, and have a higher rate of mortality. People with disabilities have a much higher risk of violence. These are a few statistics relating to this:
- Children with disabilities are almost four times as likely to experience violence then children without disabilities.
- Adults with some form of disability are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence.
- Adults with mental health conditions are at nearly four times the risk of experiencing violence.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to bring attention to the situation of persons with disabilities, to create a strategic vision, and to plan for disability-inclusive development.