Currently the world population is around 7,000,000,000. The World report on disability (WHO/World Bank, 2011) estimates that 15% of population are disabled people, that’s 1,050,000,000 people. Of those 80% live in developing countries. This number is constantly increasing due to ageing population and the global increase in chronic health conditions associated with disability, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mental illness.
Disability is a complex phenomenon and not just a health problem. It is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. It reflects the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities require supportive community and interventions to remove environmental, psychological and social barriers so that disabled persons can also make progress.
Some people are born disabled; others become disabled as a result of an accident or disease. Disabilities range from moderate to significant and can be temporary or permanent. People with disabilities have the same health needs as non-disabled people. To become productive members of society they need help as it will improve the welfare and well being of the entire community. Many times helps are very simple, such as providing reading glasses to children, giving wheelchairs to those in need or constructing wheelchair accessible buildings. These can be easily provided if governments, nongovernmental organizations, professionals and people with disabilities and their families work together.
The Mission ‘Ability Beyond Disability’ is a support desk to the special needs of disabled and promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty in accomplishing, by providing enhancements or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.