Why do we allow the physically disabled to be socially disabled?

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We, the One Young World Ambassadors, pledge to improve facilities in our environment so that those with disabilities have access to equal opportunities.

With more than half of One Young World Ambassadors of the opinion that access to healthcare in their countries is not equal, delegates will discuss ways to create a positive impact on health and well-being, as well as their duty to act. The Summit will hear about the barriers and challenges in different parts of the world and the effectiveness of different care providers.

While many global health and well-being issues are of concern to One Young World Ambassadors, the survey established that a significant proportion consider themselves, or those close to them, to be affected by physical disability or physical or sensory impairment. The Plenary will hear success stories of tangible Ambassador action in this area and bring to the fore an aspect of health and well-being that will allow the delegation to create new actions in which anyone can participate without the need for medical expertise.

55% of One Young World Ambassadors say there is not equal access to healthcare in their country
35% of Ambassadors, their close friends or family have been affected by physical disability
57% of Ambassadors say certain health conditions carry a stigma in their country
47% of Ambassadors say that the standard of equal access on public transport is poor or non-existent in their country

*statistics taken from the One Young World 2012 Plenary Consultation

Delegate Speakers

Benedicte Kouassi     Cote d’Ivoire
Bishnuhari Tripathi     Nepal
Ceri Davies      UK
Emmah Money      Australia
Josie Badger      USA
Paras Fatnani      India

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