On June 9, 2011, the World Health Organization, in conjunction with the World Bank, released the first ever World Report on Disability. CEC participated in the U.S. Launch and Symposium for the World Report on Disability this week. This report estimates that about 1 billion people, or 15% of the world population, live with some kind of disability. Approximately 200 million of these people or 2-3% experience significant difficulties in functioning. These numbers are increased from the 1970 estimate that 10% of the population lived with a disability, a fact the report attributes to aging populations and increased instances of chronic illnesses.