|Azerbaijan, 2011 - A girl and a boy play with interlocking blocks in a boarding school for children with disabilities.|
Mainstream disability across all of our policies and programmes, both in development and humanitarian action
UNICEF supports the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the rights of children with disabilities and incorporates attention to their issues across the life cycle, including early intervention, family and community support, and protection among others. While advocating for mainstreaming approaches, aimed at including children with and without disabilities together in equally supportive environments, UNICEF strives to take into account the rights and needs of children and women with disabilities in all contexts in which they are currently being delivered (e.g. segregated or inclusive), by ensuring programmes are gender-, age- and child-sensitive, and take into account their disability-specific needs and capacities. Read more. Read more.
To develop leadership on the rights of children with disabilities and build capacity among our staff and our partners
In accordance with UNICEF’s Strategic Framework for Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships, we are committed to working with Governments, UN partners, civil society organizations (CSO), 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. Partnerships provide a mechanism for UNICEF to engage with the disability community and support UNICEF’s work to achieve this framework.
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, and 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 orientation for staff on disability to increase awareness, understanding and improve attitudes towards the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities among staff. Read more.