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The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.
People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.
This pioneering World report on disability will make a significant contribution to implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the intersection of public health, human rights and development, the report is set to become a “must have” resource for policy-makers, service providers, professionals, and advocates for people with disabilities and their families.

Produced jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, this publication reviews evidence about the global situation of persons with disabilities, and offers directions for policy and practice to address exclusion. The report will be launched at UN Headquarters on 9 June 2011. In anticipation of the report, WHO will launch a series of promotional videos on the theme “What is Disability to Me?” which can be viewed on YouTube.
The Report explores current evidence about disability, identifies needs, and highlights what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in areas including health, rehabilitation, support, environments, education and employment. We want to hear from people with disabilities about what can be done to overcome barriers to participation in their communities.
Please note: most film have captions in many languages.

The videos can be found in our YouTube channel.

The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) organises a conference on the World Report on Disability, which is being released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on 9 June, 2011. The two-day symposium on September 12 & 13, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City, Arlington, VA (USA) will be conducted in cooperation with WHO, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, the Interagency Committee on Disability Research, and the United States International Council on Disabilities. For more information, please see the conference’s website.

The e-inclusion Subgroup of the i2010 High Level Group held its 11th meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, on 7 and 8 April 2009. The meeting was well attended by delegates from 21 European countries as well as representatives of major user organisations and industry. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and form a consensus on future e-inclusion policy orientations. The ‘Limassol report’ produced as the result of the meeting will contribute to the preparations of the next European strategy on the information society, to succeed the i2010 initiative. In the conclusions of the report, the e-inclusion Subgroup recommends that the European Commission and European Member States, together with other European Institutions, continue working together and intensify efforts in e-inclusion in order to: Provide strategic leadership by ensuring digital inclusion is a cornerstone of future European information society policy; Review the vision and goals set out in the Riga Declaration; Mainstream digital inclusion into key policy areas, such as education, economic recovery strategy, social cohesion, and health/social care; Consider the proposals and suggestions made in the Limassol report when shaping future programmes and investments at European and national levels.
More info about the report.