UN: Disabled have potential

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The National, Wednesday 5th June 2013

 CONCERNTRATION on the abilities and potential of children with disabilities would create benefits for the society, a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report says.

The annual State of the World’s Children 2013 children with disabilities report stated that children with disabilities and their communities would benefit if society focused on what those children could achieve rather than what they could not do. 

“When you see the disability before the child, it is not only wrong for the child, but it deprives society of all that child has to offer.  Their loss is society’s loss; their gain is society’s gain,” executive director Anthony Lake said last Thursday in Vietnam.

The report laid out how societies could include children with disabilities because when they play a full part in society, everyone benefited.  

For instance, inclusive education broadens the horizons of all children even as it presents opportunities for children with disabilities to fulfil their ambitions.