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|Ifran Maulana, a boy who uses a wheelchair, leaves a newly built latrine near his home in Bantul District|
Children with disabilities are not a homogenous group. Issues of discrimination, inclusion, and child development may vary greatly depending upon the type of disability, the environment, culture, traditions, and socioeconomic status of the child and his or her family/caregivers. These differences are taken into consideration when we shape our advocacy and programming work on disability.
In humanitarian situations, children with disabilities and their families are particularly vulnerable. UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) outline our organizational commitment to deliver a set of humanitarian assistance for all children regardless of their status or context. UNICEF is committed to strengthening inclusive humanitarian action which is informed by and grounded in key principles and programming approaches of gender equality, human rights, humanitarian principles and participation. This means that emergency preparedness and response, including early recovery activities, promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities, as well as their families, to survive and to live with dignity, while benefiting the population as a whole. Such an approach involves tailoring humanitarian action to be inclusive of all children, including those living with disabilities, in the interest of creating a basis for inclusive long term protection and support.
Beyond preparedness and response UNICEF will strengthen efforts to identify and reduce risks of children with disabilities and their families that are greatly affected by humanitarian crises jeopardizing an early and sustainable recovery. Investment on Risk Management inclusive-interventions can be an effective way of reducing the overall impact of the crisis, building capacity to manage and be resilient while preventing new impairments/disabilities.