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Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the world. They are far more likely to be victims of violence, have higher rates of malnutrition and more difficulty accessing safe drinking water. When given a chance to get an education, children with disabilities can overcome barriers, learn to be productive and reach for their dreams.
When violent events occur, it is a natural inclination to want to protect children from the terrifying details as they unfold in the media. Yet in an age of pervasive communications technology, it is impossible to shield children – especially once they reach school age – from unpleasant world events. There are ways, however, that we as educators and family members can help youth to cope with and make sense of tragedy in the world around them.
Podcast moderator Kathryn Herzog spoke with Baba Diri Margaret, who lost her sight at 15-years-old and is now an Honorable Member of the Ugandan Parliament and a central figure of the disability movement in her country.