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More on Children with Disabilities
Children with disabilities in general have a much higher need for nappies than those without a disability
Children with disabilities very often also need nappies for a much longer time
Nappies are expensive
The Incidence of disabilities in children are much higher in poor communities
As many as 50% of disabilities are directly linked to poverty
An estimated 20% of the world’s poorest people are those with disabilities
Children with disabilities are internationally recognised as the world’s most exposed and vulnerable minority group
Children with disabilities in the developing world are often subjected to negative community stereotypes and misconceptions about the causes of disability
Prejudice, misconceptions and ignorance about disabilities are often at the root of the abuse, neglect, abandonment and infanticide of children with disabilities.
Current research indicates that violence against children with disabilities in the developing world occurs at annual rates at least 1.7 times greater than their non-disabled peers.
As Article 23 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states, children with disabilities have the right to ‘enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitates the child’s active participation in the community.
Worldwide the number of children with disabilities is significant: some 200 million children - 10% of the world’s young people – are born with a disability or become disabled before age 19.
Children with disabilities more often than not fall through the cracks of the South African child care and protection system. Government and NGO child care and protection policies and programs often ignore the special needs if children with disabilities and exclude disability appropriate intervention strategies
Children with disabilities have to combat blatant educational exclusion
Of the world’s 75 million children of primary school age who are out of school, one third are children with disabilities
Over 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school
The vast majority of children with disabilities in South Africa do not have access to the formal school system and a decent education, one of the most basic children’s rights