11-LLM DISSERTATION (FINAL - WITH CORRECTIONS) (SUBMITTED ON 1 NOVEMBER 2012).pdf

11-LLM DISSERTATION (FINAL - WITH CORRECTIONS) (SUBMITTED ON 1 NOVEMBER 2012).pdf

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D.R. Nicholson – LLM (Dissertation) 2012 11 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind…” (Luke 4:17- 18) CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION 1.1. Research Problem and Background 1.1.1. Global Demographics of Persons with Disabilities According to the World Health Organization (WHO) about 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 have low vision, of which about 90 per cent live in developing countries. 1 According to the World Federation for the Deaf (WFD), there are approximately 70 million Deaf and other hearing impaired people worldwide, of which about 80 per cent live in developing countries. 2 Deafness ranges from total loss of hearing to varying degrees of impairment. The majority of these people lack formal education, experience learning difficulties and/or are illiterate, resulting in high levels of unemployment.
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