3 December 2020

Annual celebration of people with disabilities - Not all Disabilities are Visible

On December 3 this year, during the annual celebration of people with disabilities, the 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent.

Did you know?

-Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries.

-An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities.

-One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.

-Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19.

Even under normal circumstances, persons with disabilities are less likely to access health care, education, employment and to participate in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities right around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts on mental health is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.