Defining Disability in Children: Insights from the World Health Organization (WHO)
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children with disability could be defined as ‘any child unable to ensure by himself wholly or partly, the necessities of a normal individual and or social life, as a result of a deficiency either congenital or not, in his physical or mental capabilities’1 .
Disability in Malaysia: The Shocking Number of Children Who Need Special Care
It has been estimated that among the 10% of the population with disability, one third are among children less than 15 years old. Translating this figure into the Malaysian population of 33 million, there are about 1,100,000 children less than 15 years old with some form of disability that requires special care.