BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents was broadcast on Thursday, 20 October, 2005, at 1102 BST.
The programme was repeated on Monday, 24 October, at 2030 BST.
It is estimated that 12% of Guatemalans - that is over a million people - have a disability.
In this week's Crossing Continents, Linda Pressly explores some of the stories behind this stark statistic, like the reasons why Guatemala has one of the highest incidences of spina bifida in the world.
She also meets some of those whose lives have changed dramatically as a result of being disabled by Guatemala's ever-rising gun crime.
Presenter and Producer: Linda Pressly
Editor: Maria Balinska