The challenges faced by children with disabilities are compounded by the fact that their families often have more limited financial resources than the families of children without special needs. Average incomes are lower both because of higher rates of disability in low-income families and the restrictions that caring for a disabled child can place on employment. Moreover, expenditure needs are often higher due to the additional cost of taking care of the health and other special needs of children and youth with disabilities.
As important as adequate family financial resources, inclusion in education is fundamental to ensuring equal opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.
We have examined the availability of inclusive education for children with disabilities, as well as the worldwide provision of financial assistance for families with children with disabilities. This information can be found on the maps in this section.
- In your country, can children with disabilities receive special education through the public school system?
- Which countries provide benefits to families with disabled children?
- In your country, how much financial assistance will a low-income family with one disabled school-age child receive?
- In your country, how much financial assistance will a low-income family with one disabled teenage child receive?