UNICEF: See the child before the disability

Thirdeyemom

Today I participated in a webinar hosted by the US Fund for UNICEF on the 2013 State of the World’s Children Report: Children with Disabilities. I honestly had little knowledge about the unique and challenging issues faced by millions of children around the world with disabilities. In fact, an estimated 93 million children in the world live with a moderate or severe disability, an astounding number especially given the fact that 80% of these children with disabilities live in the developing world.

Per Cara Elizabeth Yar Khan, a Reporting Specialist for UNICEF Haiti, children with disabilities are the most marginalized, neglected people in the world often living a life of isolation, exclusion and denial of basic human rights. Oftentimes children with disabilities in developing world are treated like they are invisible and live a life of stigma, discrimination and suffering.  In cases of poverty, children with disabilities will often…

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