Children with developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disability, face significant challenges in accessing education and achieving optimal educational outcomes. This global study reveals that millions of children under 5 years old are estimated to have cerebral palsy or intellectual disability, with the majority residing in low-income and middle-income countries. These disabilities account for a significant proportion of years lived with disability (YLDs) worldwide. The African Region has the highest prevalence of cerebral palsy, while South-East Asia Region has the highest prevalence of intellectual disability. It’s time for universal early detection and support services to prioritize inclusive education for these children, in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s unlock the potential of every child and ensure they have the opportunity to thrive in school and beyond.

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