Why the increase in reading disabilities?

Nice article from Microsoft on Enabling accessibility – Building Windows 8 .

About 15% of the world’s population has a disability1. In the United States alone, 49.6 million people have a disability2 and 45 million in Europe3. When it comes to interacting with computers, these disabilities affect individuals in a number of ways:

Visual impairments include color vision deficiency, low-vision and blindness – all of which may impact the individual’s ability to see content displayed on the screen.
Mobility impairments include arthritis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and paraplegia, which impact the ability to use the keyboard and/or mouse to interact with the PC.
Hearing impairments include conditions ranging from mild hearing loss to total deafness, and impact the individual’s ability to experience audio content generated by the computer.
Cognitive impairments impact an individual’s learning and language skills, the ability to comprehend words, and difficulty with memory, solving problems, or perceiving sensory information.

Sinofsky rightly highlights the growth in the elderly as a driver of increases in disabilities. However, I would also point to greater diagnostic awareness. Experts now agree that nearly one-in-five people have some degree of dyslexia or other LD. Generally this has gone undiagnosed, especially in lower income groups. The more severe cases often end up in prison.

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