Billion Strong is a non-profit organization that is created for the people with disability, by the people with disability. They have recently launched a new crowdfunding campaign “as a humble invitation to the people globally to make tender endowments for the cause.”
According to the World Report on Disability, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and The World Bank, more than a billion people in the world experience disability as of 2011. In 2021, that figure rose to more than 1.3 billion. This encompasses about 15% of the world's total population. Imagine what happens when this huge proportion of people unite together for themselves. The conception of this idea gave birth to “Billion Strong”.
What is more is that this number is on the rise. Mainly due to population growth, medical advances and ageing process. Nevertheless, an inclusive perception is the only philosophy that can promise a corroborative future. It withholds the power to overlook the limitations, and focus on the strength of individuality.
One of the major challenges related to disability includes lower educational achievements. According to UNESCO, ninety per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school. Reportedly, students with disabilities in OECD countries remain under-represented for higher education, despite their increasing numbers. Clearly, some form of a person’s impairment becomes the barrier to the basic right to knowledge and learning.
As Prof. Stephen W. Hawking said: “We have a moral duty to remove the barriers to participation, and to invest sufficient funding and experience to unlock the vast potential of people with disabilities”.
And every bit counts.
Billion strong is a movement that realizes the perception of a globally inclusive community, that creates worthy efforts to navigate the international community by arranging for awareness programs. This is to ensure that the people with disability find the most appropriate jobs, instead of being looked down upon as someone with weakness or deficit.