Disabilities

Three Disability Goals


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1. Be an inclusive organization for ALL
UNICEF believes that its work on disability will be successful only if UNICEF itself is a more inclusive organization. UNICEF has developed a human resources policy on the employment of persons with disabilities and established a Disability Accommodations Fund to support staff with disabilities or with family members living with disabilities.

Efforts are underway to ensure that UNICEF offices, its information communication technologies and its websites are accessible to staff, consultants and visitors with disabilities. UNICEF also has an online Disability Orientation for staff to increase awareness, understanding and improve attitudes towards the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities.

UNICEF’s commitment to equity and diversity can only be realized when UNICEF itself is a more inclusive organization for its staff and members of society. By actively promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in employment, identifying and managing barriers to equal access to opportunities, career advancement and retention UNICEF aims to create a non-discriminatory and inclusive workplace culture.

Efforts are underway to ensure that UNICEF offices, processes and procedures, its information communication technologies and its websites are accessible to staff, consultants, interns, volunteers and visitors with disabilities. We have developed a Human Resources Policy on the employment of persons with disabilities across all programme sectors and functions – not just those related to disability. The policy is designed to promote the rights of persons with disabilities and enhance diversity within the Organization to help it to fulfill its mandate.

To support staff with disabilities and family members living with disabilities, a Disability Accommodation Fund has been established in 2012. The dedicated fund will provide for reasonable accommodation for staff and family members living with disabilities, enabling them to overcome barriers in the workplace.

Efforts are underway to encourage discussion and the information sharing among our staff. In 2011, for the first time a UNICEF Global Staff Survey included a “self-declaring” question on Disability and more than 3% of staff indicated that they had a disability, which had a bearing on their work.

Staff orientation workshops have been conducted in several locations to raise awareness on various issues around disability and a web-based learning module for rapid online orientation of all staff members on disability will be launched in the fall of 2012.

2. To develop leadership on the rights of children with disabilities and build capacity among our staff and our partners
UNICEF places great importance on partnerships and collaborative relationships as an essential means of achieving better results for every child. We are committed to working with Governments, UN partners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), disabled people’s organizations (DPO), academia, and the private sector to implement disability inclusive programmes and policies, and advocate for the rights for all children.

UNICEF’s Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships. We believe that partnerships and collaborations are very valuable ways of working with the disability community as highlighted in the UNICEF’s Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships. Partnerships enable UNICEF to engage with the disability community and foster support and engagement to enable UNICEF to achieve the modalities of cooperation, as set out in the Framework.

3. Mainstream disability across all of our policies and programmes, both in development and humanitarian action
UNICEF advocates for mainstreaming approaches aimed at including children with and without disabilities together in equally supportive environments. We incorporate attention to their issues across the life cycle, including early intervention, family and community support.

UNICEF strives to take into account the rights and needs of children and women with disabilities in both segregated and inclusive contexts by ensuring programmes are gender, age, and child-sensitive and take into consideration, their disability-specific needs and capacities.

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.


 

 

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