Childhood Disability in the Context of Poverty

This paper addresses the topic of childhood disability in the context of poverty. Its purpose is to: (a) summarize the needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families, and, (b) review strong evaluative research and promising practices for ameliorating the adverse affects of poverty in children and youth with disabilities, including specific factors contributing to program and policy successes. To this end, the paper consists of four major sections, including a description of the population, a summary of identified needs, a review of effective policy and programmatic strategies, and a set of recommendations based on these findings.