While The Dream is committed to athletes with disability from Haiti, our goal for this effort is to also highlight the challenges that people with disability across the world face every day. In doing so, our hope is to foster an international environment where they are accepted, treated with equality and have access to the services and assistance they need.
1 – About 10% of the Haitian population have a disability; estimated at 1 million people.
2 – While the situation within Haiti is dire, they are not alone – the World Health Organisation estimates that only 2% of people with disabilities in the developing world have appropriate medical and rehabilitation support.
3 – If everyone from around the world with a disability joined together to form one nation, there would be over 650 million individuals – more than double the size of the USA, more than ten times the population of the UK and almost twenty times the size of Canada. In fact, if this nation actually existed, it would have the third largest population in the world.
4 – Yet, if this were a nation, it would have the least access to education and transportation, the highest unemployment rate, and be the poorest nation on Earth.