Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Disability and Research Agenda across the Life Span

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Disability and Research Agenda across the Life Span

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The World Report on Disability estimates that some 15% of the world's population has a disability; that is, they have a physical or mental impairment, and experience activity limitations or participation restrictions. While disability is not a "health problem", some people with disabilities do have increased health needs associated with their disability, and all people with disabilities have the same right to access health services as everyone else. The number of people living with disability is likely to increase, due in part to a greater number of people living with the consequences of chronic communicable and noncommunicable diseases. If we are to seriously address the health rights and needs of people with disability, what are the critical research challenges that should be addressed in the next decade?

This paper will set out a research agenda that calls for significant global health policy revisions; explication of the link between the social determinants of health and disability; anticipation of the consequences of living longer with communicable and non-communicable diseases; development of a robust evidence base for implementing the new guidelines on community -based rehabilitation; innovations in addressing the human resource challenges faced by disability and rehabilitation service providers, the development of enabling technologies that focus on individual's aspirations and social gain; preparedness for responding to the needs of people with disability in disaster situations. …

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