Children With Disabilities Need Equal Opportunities

Children With Disabilities Need Equal Opportunities

One in ten children in the world have disabilities and experience deprivation in indicators such as health, education and protection, according to a new report  by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The report mentions that disability experience varies greatly. The risks and outcomes mainly depend on the type of disability; where the child lives and what services they can access, The UNICEF said.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore pointed out that children with disabilities are too often simply being left behind. Noting that exclusion is often the consequence of invisibility, she said that reliable data on the number of children with disabilities was lacking for a long time. “When we fail to count, consider and consult with these children, we are failing to help them reach their vast potential,” she said.

KEY FINDINGS:
  • 34 per cent  more likely to be stunted
  • 25 per cent  more likely to be wasted
  • 53 per cent  more likely to have symptoms of acute respiratory infection
  • 24 per cent  less likely to receive early stimulation and responsive care
  • 25 per cent  less likely to attend early childhood education
  • 16 per cent  less likely to read or be read to at home
  • 42 per cent  less likely to have foundational reading and numeracy skills
  • 49 per cent  more likely to have never attended school
  • 47 per cent  more likely to be out of primary school
  • 33 per cent  more likely to be out of lower-secondary school
  • 27 per cent  more likely to be out of upper-secondary school
  • 32 per cent  more likely to experience severe corporal punishment
  • 41 per cent  more likely to feel discriminated against
  • 51 per cent  more likely to feel unhappy
  • 20 per cent  less likely to have expectations of a better life
A CALL 

In the report, UNICEF has calling on governments to provide children with disabilities with equal opportunities.  It said that the Government’s should also consult persons with disabilities and consider the full range of disabilities, as well as the specific needs of children and their families, when providing inclusive services and equitable quality education.

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