Special Needs - Support Desk

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.

  • In most of settings, medical care and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities are less than optimal or simply do not exist which is due to a lack of training for health professionals.
    In the provision of appropriate medical care and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, this Support Desk is working to develop the capacities of a variety of trained health professionals and training institutions in the area of disability.

  • If one has a disability or injury he/she may use a number of assistive devices or rehabilitation equipments to aid in and around the home. Assistive devices are tools, products or types of equipments that help you perform tasks and activities if you have a disability, injury or are a senior. Assistive devices may help you move around, see, communicate, eat, or get dressed/undressed. An assistive device could be a wheelchair, prostheses, mobility aides hearing aids, visual aids or a specialized computer software and hardware to increase mobility and communication capacities. If one experiences difficulties in performing certain tasks it's possible that an assistive device can help overcome the problems and enhance abilities to live independently and participate in the society.. These can help to improve the quality of life and maintain sense of independence.