Disability at a Glance 2012

Strengthening the Evidence Base in Asia and the Pacific

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With the conclusion of the Asia and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 2003-2012, and the proclamation of the new Asian and Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific members and associate members and key stakeholders have a unique opportunity to accelerate action towards realizing the vision of a disability-inclusive society that protects, empowers and ensures equality for the 650 million persons with disabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. This fourth edition of Disability at a Glance draws the attention of policy makers and key stakeholders involved in disability policy and programme designs to the needs of improving the quality of disability data and of enhancing the evidence base.




Identifying disability is a complex and multifaceted exercise. Prevalence of disability in the Asia-Pacific region provides a contrasting picture, ranging from 1.0 per cent in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to 18.5 per cent in Australia (Figure 1). The average (mean) disability prevalence for the Asia-Pacific region is 4.6 per cent.1 This average rate stands in stark contrast to the global prevalence, estimated by World Health Organization (WHO) at 15 per cent, and to what is being reported by, for example, OECD (14 per cent) and the European Union (17 per cent).


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