The First Ever World Report on Disability

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank just released the World Report on Disability  which found that approximately 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, of whom 2-4% experience significant difficulties in functioning. The report contains topic-specific chapters on health; rehabilitation; assistance and support; enabling environments; education; and employment. Within each chapter, there is a discussion of the barriers confronted, and case studies showing how countries have succeeded in addressing these by promoting good practice. This report updates previous WHO data from the 1970’s that found disability prevalence rates to be 10%. 

The report is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese as well as accessible formats and DAISY from the WHO’s report landing page.

Read the Press Release for a summary of information contained in the report.