The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world’s attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by people with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.

What we saw at the London Paralympics gives us reason to pause and reflect on the everyday struggles of people with disabilities. Here in the Asia-Pacific region, there are 650 million people with disabilities. They account for 15 percent of the population, but they are mostly unseen, unheard and uncounted.

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