7 Facts About Disabilities – WHO statistics

5 facts about disabilities.  There are many suffering mental and physical disabilities.  They face many obstacles such as transportation, employment, and stigma.  According to the UN, around 15 percent of the global population has a disability.

#1.  Over 1 billion people have some form of disability

Depression is a mental disability and is at the top of the disability list globally.  the World Health Organisation states that depression is increasing and is the leading cause of mental and physical disability.

#2.  Ninety percent of children with disabilities are uneducated

The global literacy rate for adults with a disability is as low as 3 percent.  Students with a disability in university is inadequate but are said to be increasing.

#3.  Unemployment among people with disabilities is high

Around 386 million of working age people have a disability.  Unemployment is high among people with a disability. This may be because of the stigma that people with a disability are not capable enough.

#4.  Children and adults with disabilities are victims of violence

For every child killed in war-torn countries, three are disabled permanently.  In other countries, statistics show that a quarter is disabled due to violence and injuries. A significant amount of adults and children with disabilities are victims of violence or rape and less likely to obtain help from police and legal protection.  Violence against children with a disability is at 1,7 times more than non-disabled children.

#5.  The number of people with disabilities is growing

This is because populations age and older people are at higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and mental illnesses.  Chrinive illnesses are estimated to account for 66.5% of years lived with a disability in low-income countries.

#6.  Lower income Countries have higher disability rates

Disability affects vulnerable countries.  Poor people and the elderly also have a high rate of disability.

#7.  Lack of accessibility

Many areas lack transport systems and information for people with a disability.  Not having transport, is a common reason for people with disabilities not being able to search for employment and accessing health care.