There are currently more than 2 billion disability in the world, equal to 37.5% of the world population.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) a disabled person is anyone who has “a problem in the function or structure of the body, a limitation of activity, or a difficulty in performing a task or an action; that prevent integration”.
You may not see disabled people in your daily life, yet WHO has identified over 2 billion disabled people, 20% of whom live with great functional difficulties in their daily lives.
Some outstanding figures on disability in the world (according to WHO):
- 3 billion People are affected by some form of blindness and visual impairment. This represents 17% of the world population.
- 466 million People suffer from disabling deafness and hearing loss. This represents 6% of the world population.
- 200 million People have an intellectual disability (IQ less than 75), This represents 2.6% of the world population.
- 75 million People need a wheelchair on a daily basis. This represents 1% of the world population.
The number of people with forms of disability represents a significant portion of the world’s population, which includes both adults to children.