There are an estimated 200 million children with disabilities in the world, out of a global population of about 2 billion children.1 In other words, approximately 10% of the total population of children, the majority of whom live in developing countries, are born with a disability or become disabled during childhood. A significant number of the impairments, and consequent disability, experienced by children are directly caused by preventable factors, including poverty, malnutrition, violence, accidents, trauma, war and preventable disease.

Author Gerison Lansdown international children’s rights consultant and has published and lectured widely on the subject of children’s rights