The language skills of millions of people worldwide have become a focus of concern in recent years.
In a wide-ranging report released today, the Institute of Language Professionals estimates that more than half of the world’s population has a language-related disability.
The report, “The Language Skills of Millions: What Is Language?
A Statistical Analysis,” aims to provide clarity and context on the issues of language and disabilities in a global context.
Among other things, it provides a snapshot of how language-use disorders are spreading and how best to address them.
The language professionals’ report also highlights how the number of language-disability cases worldwide has risen from 5.2 million in 2000 to nearly 8 million in 2018, a rise that could be attributed to improved awareness of the issue, improved research, increased public policy and better diagnosis and treatment, said Dr. Joanne M. Smith, director of the Institute.
The new report, based on data from the World Health Organization and the International Association of Language Services, found that the percentage of the population in developed countries with language-associated disabilities has increased from 7 percent in 2000, to 14 percent in 2018.
By 2030, the percentage in the United States and Canada will exceed 50 percent, Smith said.
In 2018, more than 50 percent of the people in the world had a language impairment.
For example, one in five adults in China had a disability in 2017.
China and other countries have adopted a variety of measures to support people with language disabilities, such as setting up special training programs, and making it easier for people with disabilities to obtain services and employment.
In some parts of the developing world, there is no clear link between language impairment and language- related disability.
Some countries, including India, South Africa and Nigeria, have no formal language education or training programs.
Many countries, such in Africa, are also home to large numbers of people with languages that are too difficult to learn.
Many people with a language disability have difficulty understanding written or spoken language.
Many are also unable to speak, read or write.
Many others, like people with epilepsy or autism, have trouble making sense of the written word or even understand it.
Language is a tool, Smith added.
“It’s a way of communicating, a way for people to communicate, to express themselves,” she said.
The study also found that as the number and percentage of people who have a language related disability increase, the impact of language disorders on their lives grows.
For instance, as more people have a disability, the more they have to learn to communicate.
“As the number gets higher, the longer it takes to get over it, the worse it is for people,” Smith said, adding that “the impact of disability on life expectancy has increased, and people who are disabled are much more likely to die at a younger age.”
People with language impairments have also been shown to have lower educational attainment, higher levels of unemployment, and lower life expectancy than people without language impairment, the report found.
“Language disabilities are increasing rapidly, and we need to start addressing it, to improve the lives of people in these countries,” said Dr.-Ing.
Jens Berndt, director at the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
“The problem is that people with speech and language impairment need to be supported to be able to speak and write.”
For example to communicate and understand written language, people with disability need to have the ability to understand, listen to and use speech and sound, Bernds study found.
But, in a country such as China, it can be very difficult to teach people with physical or mental disabilities how to communicate in their native languages.
Chinese has a severe language shortage, with only about a third of the country’s population able to read or speak English, the institute found.
The Institute also noted that language-using and language learning disabilities are not a new problem, and that language impairment has been identified in the history of humankind.
In fact, the oldest known language is Latin.
In the Middle Ages, Latin was the primary language of learning and communication in Europe.
In 1492, a French court judge ordered that a child with an intellectual disability be brought to the court for questioning.
A few years later, a woman named Catherine de Bourbourg published her observations on Latin grammar and vocabulary.
Her book “Il libro dei scopulorum linguae” (“A Latin Grammar and Vocabulary”) became a best seller.
The book helped educate people about the differences between Latin and Latin-based languages.
Today, Latin is the language spoken in the Americas, and is the most spoken language in Europe and the Middle East.
The Latin language is spoken by about 20 percent of people across the world.
Language experts have long believed that people who lack language proficiency have a more difficult time with communication and understand less of the information they are exposed to in everyday life, Smith noted.
The latest research found that in