According to WHO, over 1 billion people are estimated to experience disability. This correlates to 15% of the world’s population who often require health care services. And due to the rise in chronic health conditions and the aging of the population, the number of people experiencing disability is on the rise. An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and above are people with disabilities. One in every five women is likely to experience a disability during her lifetime and one in every ten children is a child with a disability. In terms of the prevalence of disabilities, it is well covered even if figures remain disputed. However, very little is known about the conditions and quality of life, access to services, and their participation in cultural and recreational activities. Disability continues to remain largely absent from data collection, monitoring mechanisms, and mainstream development narratives. This invisibility often results in development narratives unintentionally leaving out persons with disabilities. Policymakers and practitioners tend to leave out persons with disabilities due to the unavailability of data. They continue to remain discriminated which also reduces their access to social services and creates a general lack of recognition. ‘Under-identified’, ‘under-represented’, and ‘excluded’, are terms that are synonymous with the lived realities of persons with disabilities.
The UN Expert Group on Disability Data and Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation finds that ‘data disaggregated by disability in all areas will be essential to ensure progress is measured and persons with disabilities are not left behind in future from the mainstream development programs.’
As such, the National Centre on Promotion of Employment of Disabled People (NCPEDP) which is India’s leading cross-disability not for profit organization working towards the empowerment of persons with disabilities, launched the ambitious “Missing Millions Campaign” to create visibility and awareness around the issues faced by persons with disabilities before a larger audience.
For India, which is home to over 70 million people with disabilities, with few rights, few entitlements, and even fewer opportunities, the need for disability disaggregated data is of utmost importance.
Date: 10th June 2022
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR