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The 240 million children living with a disability have the same rights as other children, including the right to lead full lives with dignity and as much independence as possible. Governments and other stakeholders must address the factors that exclude children with disabilities from their communities and health services.

Because of community and cultural misperceptions, children with disabilities endure tremendous levels of discrimination and exclusion from social systems, including within their own families. These barriers prevent children with disabilities from fully participating in society and accessing the resources they need to survive. Raising awareness of disability requires educating communities and families about the meaning of disability, its causes, and the obstacles that children with disabilities face. It is also important to demonstrate that children with disabilities have the potential to grow and thrive since misconceptions about their potential may result in a lack of care.

Promoting disability inclusion and raising awareness are critical for children with disabilities because they help them fully participate in society and access the same rights, opportunities, and resources as children without disabilities. 

Use the resources in this section to support inclusion and raise awareness of disabilities in programs and communities. 

We found 14 resource(s)
Essential Actions on Disability-Inclusive Nutrition
Toolkit published by UNICEF in
This checklist provides a package of essential actions required to ensure disability-inclusive nutrition humanitarian action.
Toolkit for Disability Inclusion in Care Reform
Toolkit published by Better Care Network in
This toolkit contains materials to increase people's capacity to mainstream disability.
Disability-Inclusive Health Services Toolkit: A Resource for Health Facilities in the Western Pacific Region
Toolkit published by WHO in
This toolkit provides guidance for identifying and overcoming barriers to health information and services.
Reducing Stigma and Discrimination against Children with Disabilities
Brief published by UNICEF in
This brief summarizes information gathered for "Communication for Social and Behavioural Change Interventions to Strengthen Disability-Inclusive Programming: A Synthesis of the Evidence."
Including Children with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action: Nutrition
Guideline/Guidance published by UNICEF in
This resource provides practical tips and offers entry points for assuring that nutrition in emergencies takes children with disabilities into account.
Family Care for Children with Disabilities: Practical Guidance for Frontline Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Guideline/Guidance published by USAID, World Learning, and Partnerships for Every Child in
This guidance helps make case management procedures, tools, and approaches inclusive of children with disabilities.
Therapeutic Early Stimulation Toolkit: Helping Young Children with Disabilities Meet Their Potential
Training Material published by Maternal Child Survival Project (MCSP) in
This toolkit provides training for service providers who will be implementing the Therapeutic Early Stimulation Package.
Disability Awareness Toolkit
Toolkit published by Plan International in
This toolkit can be used to identify people with disabilities, reflect on attitudes towards them, and improve their situation.