State of the World's Children


2013: Children with Disabilities

2012 : Children in an urban world

2011: Adolescence

Special: Child rights

2009: Maternal + newborn health

2008: Child survival

2007: Gender equality


2013: Children with Disabilities

Equity through inclusion

A child with a disability is not a statistic. This child is someone's daughter or son, sister or brother. This child has the same rights and needs as all children: the right to live healthy lives and to reach their full potential. This child has dreams and could achieve them, given the right opportunities.

But many children with disabilities, especially girls, remain invisible and excluded. Through the State of the World's Children 2013 report, UNICEF shines a light on the challenges faced by children with disabilities in a varying global landscape.

Increased vulnerability

Children with disabilities are often left out of society, cut off from public services and deprived of equal opportunities. Social barriers and stigma limit their ability to play, learn, work or thrive in society.

§ A review of 14 developing countries found that people with disabilities were more likely to experience poverty than their peers.

§ The gap for primary school completion for boys with disability is 10 per cent and for girls with disability it is 11 per cent.

§ Children with disabilities are also at a greater risk of experiencing violence than peers without disabilities: 3.7 times more likely for combined measures of violence.

It's about inclusion

Realising the rights of children with disabilities begins with creating an inclusive society, guided by the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We have to eliminate discrimination, not just within ourselves, but in our laws, policies and systems. This means dismantling the barriers to inclusion; ending institutionalisation; moving beyond minimum standards; coordinating services to support the child, especially in early childhood; and involving children with disabilities in making decisions.

We will succeed when every child with a disability is recognised as a full and equal member of society who is an agent of change, and not merely a recipient of charity.

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