With over 650 million people with disabilities worldwide, many of whom face a lifetime of discrimination and poverty, CEC is committed to promoting policies and practices that support educational opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.
According to the UNESCO, 90 percent of children with disabilities in developing countries have no access to school, and the International Labour Organization reports that in some countries, the unemployment rate is as high as 80 percent. Additionally, evidence demonstrates that hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities live in unacceptable sub-standard conditions, often without therapeutic and rehabilitative services, and confronting instances of physical and sexual abuse and physical restraints.
CEC believes that all children deserve access to an environment that fosters academic, developmental and social growth. Through its international work, CEC has provided technical assistance to numerous countries including those in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa. CEC provides expertise to policymakers, administrators, educators, and families.
For more information on CEC's International Advocacy, see International Special Education.