Children with Disabilities

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Disabled children 'shut out of playgrounds'

BBC News education reporter<p><b>Disabled children are prevented from making friends and enjoying playtime because playgrounds and playgroups are not accessible, a charity report warns.</b><p>The Sense report says most parents of disabled children also find negative attitudes from other parents a key barrier to …

Education

Like Katie Price, I wanted to run from my disabled child – then love trumped fear

The furore over the celebrity’s comments about her blind son could only happen in a society whose understanding of disability is utterly warped<p>This week Katie Price has faced criticism for saying that if she had known her son would be severely disabled, she probably would have had a termination. …

Katie Price

Virginia’s appalling prosecution of disabled children

In the March 8 Metro article “Bill would shield young special-needs defendants,” Lori Digiosia claimed that prosecutors do not want to prosecute juveniles for misdemeanors when their “disability is the root cause of that criminal behavior.”<p>Is she kidding? Not only do Virginia prosecutors bring …

Autism

Why I want more disabled characters in books

Teen blogger Megan The Book Addicted Girl kicks off a day of celebrating disabilities diversity in children’s books – and calling for more<p>Check out the Guardian children’s books homepage<p>About a year ago, I wrote a piece for this site asking where all the wheelchairs were in children’s fiction. And …

Children's Books

Why we have to create more disabled characters in children's fiction

Author Susie Day grew up in 1980s when her personal experience of people with disabilities was Joey Deacon on Blue Peter. Disability in books was a cautionary tale where you’d usually ‘recover’ if you were nice enough. Times have changed and children’s lit needs to catch up faster<p>Picture if you …

Autism

Mom Fights for Playground for Kids With Disabilities

There are more than 300,000 children with disabilities in California, but not very many places for them to safely play with other kids.<p>One Pasadena …

Autism

Aging parents of disabled adult children are feeling the strain — Jewish Journal

Thanks to a combination of improved medical treatments and the trend toward living in the community instead of institutionalization, today’s adults …

Autism

Parents Of Kids With Disabilities Buck Divorce Trend

Parents of those with developmental disabilities are no more likely to divorce than other moms and dads, new research suggests, but different factors …

Developmental Disabilities

My Mission to Help Disabled Children In Haiti

<i>By Audrey Ortiz</i><p>Children at the Autumn Marshall's Miriam Center Clinic in Haiti<p><b>The Plumfund Story: Helping the "Cocobai"</b><p>"Cocobai" is the creole word used in Haiti to label those with disabilities. It means "worthless." When a child is born with disabilities, the family believes they've been cursed …

Autism

Children with learning disabilities 'more vulnerable to abuse'

<b>Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, new research suggests.</b><p>A coalition of children's charities say they have the "same vulnerabilities" as all children but face extra "barriers" to getting protection or support.<p>Their report calls on UK authorities to offer …

Disability

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Earlier this month, I was incredibly saddened by the story of Jade Norton, a 10 year old girl from Blackpool. Jade, who had Rett Syndrome, a rare …

Disability

Obligations to Children with Disabilities Must Be Honored

By Nafisa Baboo and Elin MartinezThink back to the last time you saw a child with a disability making their way to school. If you are a parent, have …

Education

Dear Parents of Children with Disabilities, It Gets Better

When we found out our son had a rare genetic disorder, we felt hopeless. But slowly, things changed—and now we’re deeply, madly in love with our boy.<p>If you have a child with special needs, at least two things are guaranteed to happen. Someone will tell you, “God doesn’t give you anything you can’t …

Parenting

Russia: Children With Disabilities Face Discrimination

Government of Russia<p>Ensure access to inclusive education for all children with disabilities, including children with intellectual disabilities and …

Many disabled children in poorer countries left out of primary education

Human Rights Watch report on the 500,000 children with disabilities not in education in South Africa reflects worldwide trend in developing countries<p>An estimated 500,000 children with disabilities are not enrolled in South Africa’s educational system, according to a report by Human Rights Watch …

Education

Physical Therapist Turns Trash Into Special Furniture For Disabled Kids In Brooklyn

<b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)</b> — A man has taken on a mission to turn trash into tools for children with physical challenges in schools across Brooklyn.<p>As …

Moms helping moms: Rutgers program provides resources for families of disabled children

Moms with special needs children help other moms with special needs children.

Parenting

Parents Of Intellectually Disabled Plead For State Funding, Cite Growing Waiting List

HARTFORD — Their plea was as simple as it was powerful.<p>Parents of intellectually disabled children told a legislative panel Thursday that unless …

In Russia, Orphanages Are a Life Sentence for Children with Disabilities

<i>Originally published by EurasiaNet.org</i><p>When Russia enacted a ban barring Americans from adopting children from its orphanages in 2012, analysts …

Inside SOUTH Korea’s slave farms where cruel families send mentally disabled relatives to toil in fields rather than care for them

• <b>The rural island chain, off southwest coast, is home to thriving slave trade</b>• <b><br>Tales of slavery using disabled people repeatedly emerged in last ten</b> …

Educator Explains Why Children With And Without Special Needs Should Learn Together

The IDEAL School and Academy Of Manhattan, an inclusive academy for children with and without special needs, aims to change the way people think about educational settings for children with special needs.<p>Head Of School Angela Bergeson explained to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani how in …

Education

North Korea 'experiments with chemical weapons on disabled people', defectors warn as Hollywood prepares for The Interview premiere

As Hollywood prepares for tonight’s premiere of a comedy film poking fun at the bizarre other world that is North Korea, two defectors have spoken …

Starving, disabled children are symbol of a cuts agenda with no conscience

Can’t afford the heating? Pneumonia. Can’t afford petrol? Hospital appointments are cancelled. Is this a crisis yet?<p>Lorna Jamison is selling things from her home in Haverhill, Suffolk to buy her two sons winter coats. Family photo frames, ornaments and toys; whatever she can get her hands on and …

Disability

Finding Joy Working with Disabled Children

A few months ago, I posted an interview I did with Patrick Donohue, whose daughter Sarah Jane suffered a traumatic brain injury at the hands of her …

30 Years On, the World's Worst Industrial Disaster Continues to Blight Bhopal

A man stands by the water’s edge, proffering a small, sad looking fish. A mud-stained canvas bag full of them hangs from his left shoulder. He tells …

Environment

Are NOLA Schools Failing Students With Disabilities?

In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, …

The disabled children locked up in cages

BBC World Service<p><b>Disabled people in Greece are often stigmatised and can struggle to get the support they need. Some disabled children who live in a state-run home are locked up in cages - staff say they want to improve conditions but money is short.</b><p>Nine-year-old Jenny stands and rocks backwards …

Disability