The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in collaboration with various organizations working on disabilities in Ethiopia and students with disabilities from Addis Ababa University on Thursday, August 13 at an experience sharing event inside the U.S. Embassy.
As part of a series of public events to mark the 25th anniversary of the ADA, this experience sharing will follow a screening of “Undaunted: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon,” a documentary film that tells the story of Juli Windsor, the first person with dwarfism to compete in the Boston Marathon. The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa invites everyone to attend this event.
According to Federation of Ethiopian National Associations of Persons with Disabilities (FENAPD) recent reports globally there are more than one billion people with disabilities. This is about 15% of the world population. The number of PWDs in some developing nations reaches 20% of the total population.
In Ethiopia, data on disability is not adequately available. But according to the WHO (2011) estimation it reaches more than 17%. Accordingly, there are more than 14 million PWDs in Ethiopia. Disability is associated with aging in the developed nations, while it is a result of poverty and related issues, such as malnutrition, limited access to medical services, living in poor living conditions, infectious diseases, prenatal conditions, accidents, poor environmental sanitation, polluted water, family ignorance, communicable diseases, high prevalence of harmful traditional beliefs and practices.