Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities


Children with disabilities are among the most stigmatized and excluded groups of children around the world. They are likely to have poorer health, less education, less economic opportunity when they grow up, and are more likely to live in poverty and deal with greater inequalities than their peers without disabilities. Furthermore, girls with disabilities face even more discrimination due to gender, disability and other compounding factors such as poverty and ethnicity.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 10 children in the world has a disability and less than 10% of children with disabilities in low-income countries go to school. Besides poverty and prejudice, the lack of access to assistive technology, as well as inaccessible transport and school environments are major barriers, which restrict children with disabilities to access education and to participate in the community.

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