According to the United Nations, approximately 10% of the world’s population (about 700 million people) live with a disability. They are the world’s largest marginalised group. The United Nations Development Programme estimates that over 80% of all people with disability live in developing countries.
In Lao PDR, a developing country, and in other developing countries, disability is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Overcoming this is a significant challenge for Disabled People’s Organisations (DPO’s) representing and/or working with disabled people in developing countries. Increased public knowledge and awareness of disability is an essential part of this process.
The following pages are intended as a resource for people interested in learning more about disability in Lao PDR. Here you will find a series of factsheets prepared by the LDPA and a description of the DPO’s working in the disability sector in Lao PDR.