International Day of Disabled Persons on December 3, 2010

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MANILA, Philippines - To promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in all aspects of the social, economic, and cultural life of their communities, International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3. The theme for 2010 "Keeping the Promise: Mainstreaming Disability in the Millennium Development Goals toward 2015 and Beyond," provides an impetus for the advancement of the international rights agenda in development to include persons with disabilities in all aspects of growth and change.The World Health Organization has reported that there are 650 million disabled people living worldwide, equivalent to almost 10 percent of the world population, and 80 percent live in the developing nations. These numbers are gravely underestimated because disabled people are typically shunned, isolated, and stigmatized by their community so that they are often left out of census reports. There are families who hide their disabled children and exclude them from family and community activities.Globally, it is estimated that one in every 10 persons has a disability which hinder them from participating in their community activities. Many are also forced to live in institutions which is a breach of their right to freedom to live in their respective communities. …