There are nearly 240 million children with disabilities throughout the world. Like all children, children with disabilities have the right to receive responsive care and education, adequate nutrition, and social protection, and to participate meaningfully in all aspects of community life. However, these rights are often denied because of stigma, lack of accessible services, institutionalization, and physical barriers. The panel discussed the research related to children with disabilities, services that are provided to young children and their families, and the status of the International Children with Disabilities Protection Act.
This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Child and Human Development; Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service; Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues; Walsh School of Foreign Service; Global Human Development Program; Global Health Institute; Program on Disability Studies; and Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. It is part of the Children in a World of Challenges Workshop series.
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