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Please find below latest updated and approved Terms of Reference, as of September 18, 2021.


Disability is a public health issue, with over 1 billion people (or 15%) in the world  living with some form of disability. This number is increasing, in part due to ageing aging populations and an increase in awareness and better diagnosis of chronic health issues. Disability is extremely diverse -- from physical and psychiatric disabilities to learning disabilities, blindness, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders and brain injuries. However, all people with a disability have the same general healthcare needs as everyone else and need access to mainstream healthcare services. The reality, though, is that few countries, including the United States, provide adequate quality services for those with a disability. Prohibitive costs, limited availability of services, physical barriers and inadequate skills/knowledge on the part of health workers are among the barriers faced.




[Draft.7  | Version drafted on August 31, 2021 | Approved by the DPCA ExCom on September 18, 2021]