20111107 Fact Sheet in Disability Inclusion in Early Childhood Development

Disability inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs is essential to
ensure that all children are enabled to participate, learn and contribute according to their
evolving capacities and to reach their fullest potential. The rights of children with disabilities to equal opportunities
and participation in such programs are highlighted in both the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 23) [2]
and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(Article 24) [4].
Children with disabilities are often excluded from vital early
childhood activities that facilitate their transition into
school. Children with disabilities may be hidden away by
their families due to the stigma and discrimination they
experience in the community. Attitudes of the family,
teachers and other children also contribute to children with
disabilities being excluded from early childhood programs
and then later education [1].