1.Around 10 percent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with a disability. They are the world’s largest minority.
2.This figure is increasing through population growth, medical advances and the ageing process, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
3.In countries with life expectancies over 70 years, individuals spend on average about 8 years, or 11.5 percent of their life span, living with disabilities.
4.Eighty percent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries, according o the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
5.Disability rates are significantly higher among groups with lower educational attainment in the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the OECD Secretariat. On average, 19 per cent of less educated people have disabilities, compared to 11 per cent among the better educated.
6.In most OECD countries, women report higher incidents of disability than men.
7.The World Bank estimates that 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people are disabled, and tend to be regarded in their own communities as the most disadvantaged.