As per 2011 census, the State recorded 44317 Persons with Disabilities with 23326 male Persons with Disabilities and 20991 female Persons with Disabilities. The 2011 census shows that there are more male persons with disabilities than females.
Seeing the enormous increase in the number of Persons with Disabilities, the office of the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Meghalaya, came into existence in the year 2003, vide Notification number S.W. (S) 69/2001/122, dated 11.8.2003, with the first State Commissioner, Mr. Walpetar Roy Lyngdoh, M.C.S. to perform the functions assigned under section 60 of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.The office is located in Temple Road , Lachumiere headed by the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (P.W.Ds). There are two Assistant Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities, one U.D.A., one Private Secretary, a Peon , Driver, Chowkidar and a Cleaner.
In recent years there have been vast changes in the perception of society towards Persons with Disabilities. It has been realized that majority of persons with disability can lead a normal life if they have easy access to rehabilitation services which would include early identification, intervention, education , vocational training , employment opportunities and the availability of aids and appliances. Also , provision of Social security by various means is very crucial for them.