A billion is obviously an extremely large number of individuals, that have needs to be met.
In the Western world the populations are ageing, improvements in healthcare are helping people live longer – this means that the number of people who require assistance coping with age related conditions is only going to grow.
There are likely to be ever increasing numbers of people with poor vision, hearing loss, limited mobility and cognitive difficulties and we need to ensure that they are not excluded.
This is what is sometimes referred to as a Megatrend. Megatrends are great forces in societal development that will affect all areas – state, market and civil society – for many years to come.
Another Megatrend is the rapid growth and increased mobility of populations.
This will put a strain on all kinds of resources but from an inclusion point of view there is great deal of cross over with the needs of the disability community.
Economic migrants and refugees from war and famine will often face language barriers to inclusion in their new countries.
Couple this with the need to educate and raise literacy levels in the general population as a whole and you have a problem that is just too big for governments to ignore.
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