People with a disability are less likely to be employed or playing an active part in society. This waste of potential has more than a personal cost. Lack of participation by people with disabilities costs some economies 7% of their gross domestic product.
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy says it does not need to be like that. “Physical therapists have a key role in supporting people with illness and disability to participate fully in society,” says Marilyn Moffat, the WCPT president. “They specialize in human movement, identifying factors that prevent people from being as active and independent as they can be, and then find ways of overcoming them through rehabilitation, science-based exercise prescription, and promotion of physical activity.”
The World Health Organization and the World Bank have said in a joint report: “Rehabilitation is a good investment because it builds human capacity.” Physical therapists can help people fulfill their potential and participate fully in society – whatever their disability or state of health.