The power of rehabilitation in shaping the lives of children with developmental disabilities cannot be overstated. This commentary delves into the global action plan for rehabilitation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal for inclusive education. While the importance of a life-course approach to rehabilitation is acknowledged, the critical role of rehabilitation in early childhood development (ECD) for children with disabilities, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, is not adequately addressed. Early intervention through routine screening, assessment, and surveillance from birth is crucial to optimize school readiness for children with developmental disabilities. We must nurture the culture and practice of rehabilitation from infancy, ensuring that children with disabilities have access to effective rehabilitation services over their life course. Global investment in promoting and supporting rehabilitation services within health systems and community settings is essential to achieve the sustainable development goals for children with disabilities. Let’s build a bright future by integrating rehabilitation into early childhood development and unlocking the potential of every child.
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