This edition of The State of the World’s Children includes contributions by young people and parents who show that, when given that chance, children with disabilities are more than capable of overcoming barriers to their inclusion, of taking their rightful place as equal participants in society and of enriching the life of their communities. But for far too many children with disabilities, the opportunity to participate simply does not exist. Far too often, children with disabilities are among the last in line for resources and services, especially where these are scarce to begin with. Far too regularly, they are the objects simply of pity or, worse,discrimination and abuse. Former WWDA President and life member of WWDA, Profesor Helen Meekosha, was a member of the editorial and research team responsible for compiling the report. WWDA’s work is also referenced in the Report. Copyright UNICEF 2013.