Disability Inclusive Education

An estimated 90 percent of children with disabilities are out of school, not because they can’t learn, but because of barriers that society has created.

Millions of children and youth with disabilities, especially girls, are denied the right to quality, inclusive, and equitable education. This is often due to stigma, poor data collection, and a lack of knowledge on how to make learning and work environments inclusive. This results in an over-representation of people with disabilities among the world’s illiterate and among the poorest of the poor.

Disability inclusive education helps to foster a culture of respect and belonging in schools. By creating an environment where everyone is fair to one another, accepting individual differences becomes the norm, resulting in reduced levels of gender-based violence, crime, bullying, and discrimination.