There are an estimated three million children with disabilities in India, many of whom are marginalised by poverty, gender, disability and caste. Of the identified CWD in India, 34% are out of school, that’s nearly a million children between ages 6-14.
The need to support CWD in classrooms has been overlooked, and under-funded. Students with disabilities, or marked deficits, represent a growing population in any classroom due to the failures in early intervention support, especially in low-income communities. Failure to respond to this need will continue to have negative consequences on CWD’s academic and life outcomes.