December 30, 2011
Challenges around the World
The World Bank and World Health Organization created a report documenting people with physical/mental challenges globally. One billion+ or 15% of the international community has a physical/mental challenge. 80% reside in poor countries.
In many support systems globally, physical/mental challenge can be a cause and a hardship of having low-income. Support systems obtain the poverty level by attempting to care for a loved one with a challenge. A person can also be diagnosed as physically/mentally challenged if they reside in inadequate living quarters, have health problems, and don’t eat well.
“Sadly, in many countries, having a child with a disability is a source of shame and embarrassment,” says Nora Groce, professor and chair of the Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre at University College London, one of the few research centers in the world that specializes in the health and well-being of those with disabilities in low-income countries. “Despite the fact that things are improving, this is a largely overlooked population.”
Children in the global school system receive harsh disciplinary action because of their physical/mental challenge. This can result in corporal punishment. Teachers and able-bodied students view students with challenges as lazy.
Global perspective: http://www.thestar.com/news/globalvoices/article/1032291--global-voices-why-do-we-ignore-those-with-disabilities-when-making-development-decisions#.Tjd6053uGu8.facebook