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


Fundamentals of inclusion

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In a truly inclusive society, children with disabilities are recognised as full members of their family, community and society. They are active participants in achieving their rights.

Changing attitudes
Dismissive and discriminatory attitudes contribute to the continued exclusion of children with disabilities. Their potential is often underestimated, their needs ignored and their voices silenced.

Greater equity can be achieved when every child is able to participate in political and social discourse, education, the media, as well as sports and other social activities.

Supporting children and families
Children with disabilities belong with their families and have the right to an adequate standard of living, as well as subsidised or free support services.

Families need social protection to help them bear medical and rehabilitation expenses, especially since many have to give up employment to care for children with disabilities.

Disability-specific budgeting by governments ensures that sufficient resources are allocated towards providing accessible services like education, healthcare, rehabilitation and recreation for every child.

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR)
CBR programs emphasise contributions from the local community and active participation of children with disabilities to provide interventions that improve their lives.

CBR is effective in initiatives like making environments accessible for children with disabilities, and supporting access to assistive technology.

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