When children with disabilities are given opportunities to flourish as any other children, they have the potential to lead fulfilling lives and to contribute to the social, cultural and economic vitality of their communities. Yet surviving and thriving can be especially difficult for children with disabilities. All too often they are isolated and excluded, cut off from health, education and social services, and with limited opportunities to participate in family and community life. This frequently impacts on their future employment opportunities and participation in civic life. One of the most important requirements for children with disabilities to flourish is their access to assistive technology. For many children, assistive technology represents the difference between enjoying their rights or being deprived of them. However, in many low-income countries only 5–15 percent of those who need assistive technology are able to obtain it. There is an urgent need to address this situation.

Author UNICEF

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