The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of human spirit demonstrated by people with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.
What we saw of the London Paralympics gives reason to pause and reflect on the everyday struggles of people with disabilities. Here in the Asia-Pacific region, there are 650 million people with disabilities. They account for 15% of the population, but are mostly unseen, unheard and uncounted.
Evidence indicates people with disabilities are among society's most marginalised. The most common reasons are a lack of education and limited employment opportunities.
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