"From persons who are newly disabled to those born with a disability; Disabled World provides a free Disability Community, resources, information, and assistance. About 1 in 5 U.S. residents - 19 percent - reported some level of disability in 2005. These 54.4 million Americans are roughly equal to the combined total populations of California and Florida - U.S. Census Bureau.
"Many books point out 'disabled' is an identity that one is not necessarily born with, as disabilities are more often acquired than congenital. Many people will develop disabilities in their lives due to accidents, illness (physical, mental or emotional), or late-emerging effects of genetics.
Issues and debates surrounding disabilities include social and political rights, social inclusion and citizenship. In developed countries, the debate has moved beyond concerns about the perceived cost of maintaining dependent people with disabilities to efforts of finding ways to ensure people with disabilities participate in and contribute to society in all spheres of life - Definitions of Disability."
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