According to the 2012 United States Census Report, 56.7 million people identify as having at least one disability. In other words, one in five people (or 19% of the population) are living with some sort of disability. This statistic is not unique to the United States. Worldwide, the disability community is the largest minority group in the world. Although many times living with a disability can feel isolating, knowing that everybody’s life is connected to somebody with a similar struggle can be empowering.
In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 47/3, officially declaring December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. With the goal of promoting “the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life,” the movement has gained momentum. Organizations serving the disability community from across the globe utilize the designation as an opportunity to highlight both the continued obstacles and triumphs of those living with a disability.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the United Nations:
- Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7
- More than 100 million disabled persons are children
- Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled children
- 80% of all people with disabilities live in a developing country
- 50% of disabled persons cannot afford healthcare
LIM Innovations® is committed to empowering the limb loss/ limb difference community. In the United States, we launched our adjustable Infinite™ system. Enabling the wearer to adjust their socket throughout the day is revolutionizing modern prosthetics. Wearers of our adjustable sockets report unparalleled prosthetic comfort.
Globally, LIM Innovations has supported both Range of Motion Project (ROMP) and Upright Africa. These nonprofits work to bring access to prosthetic care and mobility devices to those living in the most economically disadvantaged regions. Families and entire communities have been rejuvenated when an individual’s mobility has been restored.
LIM Innovations is proud to empower the disability community through both our adjustable prosthetic sockets and our philanthropic work. To learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disability, including ways to become involved, we encourage you to visit the United Nations website.