Yet more WHO bollocks

The proportion of disabled people is rising and now represents 1 billion people – 15% of the global population – according to the first official global report on disability.

You what?

One in seven of the entire human race is disabled?

To use crude and hateful language, 15% of everyone is lame, dumb, blind, deaf, halt or a limbless spastic?

That would indeed be the reading that most would give to the word \”disabled\”.

But that isn\’t quite what the WHO is actually counting. No, of course it isn\’t.

Tom Shakespeare, one of the authors of the World Report on Disability, said: \”The clear message from the report is that there is no country that has got it right. Italy is a world leader in terms of inclusive education and de-institutionalisation of people with mental health problems but in other areas it is not.

Well that\’s one way of boosting the numbers, add in the nutters. If, as so many of us do, you\’ve temporarily flipped your lid you\’re now \”disabled\” under this definition.

Dr Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, said disability was part of the human condition. \”Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life.

You what? Has someone mistranslated Dr. Heinz Kiosk for this lady? \”We are all disabled!\”?

An ageing population and an increase in chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, mean the proportion has grown from an estimated 10% in the 1970s.

Ahhh, there it is. \”Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases\”. They mean old peeps with heart and lung problems are \”disabled\”. That week spent on your deathbed is a \”disability\”.

They seem to have got confused between \”disabled\” and \”dying\”.

But then if they didn\’t wildly inflate the numbers who would pay any attention to them?

11 comments on “Yet more WHO bollocks

  1. Reminds me a little of the alleged cheating that used to go on at the Paralympics… Things like a basketball team comprising men “who had problems forming lasting relationships”. 🙂

    Letting zealots define the rules always leads to the real cases getting lost in the noise.

  2. Soon, the definition of ‘disabled’ will be the same as that for ‘hatecrime’: you are disabled if you or anyone else thinks that you are.

  3. The prison population is disabled as well. We’ve disabled them from carrying out crimes.

  4. Here’s some more the WHO missed:
    People who need glasses.
    Babies (can’t even walk, poor things).
    people who’ve had their cars clamped.
    People without a bank account.
    People who’ve failed their driving test / been banned.
    Speakers of minority languages.
    People without the vote.
    The left-handed.
    Living in a high-rise when the lifts break down again.
    I make that a large majority, not 15%.

  5. Yawn. I expect a better standard of conservative outrage when I come to this blog…some of the above comments are far away from saying “it’s political correctness gone mad”.

  6. How refreshing to learn that I am not the only person who remembers Dr. Heinz Kiosk!

    Keep ’em coming Mr. Simple, er, Worstall.

  7. 6 blokeinfrance – “Here’s some more the WHO missed: … The left-handed.”

    I don’t think that is fair. Given for instance that most American Presidents and most of the best and most beautiful actresses are Left handed, it is clearly the Right handed who are disabled.

  8. Blokeinfrance got it right – 30 – 40 years ago Lord Snowdon claimed that over 50 % were disabled as they needed glasses.

    My view is that any body who has a body is disabled ….

    Alan Douglas

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