Worldwide, between 15% and 20% of people have some sort of physical or mental disability. With that in mind, the United Nations established the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992 to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities across the globe. The day is observed each year on December 3rd.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) notes that children with disabilities are the single most marginalized group of children. Children with disabilities are the last to enter school and more likely to leave school before completing primary or secondary education. Among other resources, USAID recommends the Global Reading Network’s new toolkit, Universal Design to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Students with Disabilities by Anne Hayes, as a resource offering information on how to teach early literacy skills to students with different categories of disabilities. You can access the toolkit at this page on the GRN website.