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[Editorial] Demography still dictates destiny for children with disabilities

“Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.” The idea that the early years of life are crucial to a person’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development is not new. Two reports published in the past week highlight the extent to which circumstances around a child can affect their future health, wellbeing, and lifecourse—and build a compelling case for governments to prioritise the interests of children in a climate of austerity.