Children with disabilities have the same rights as all children. Given the same opportunities to flourish as any other child, they have the potential to lead fulfilling, dignified lives and to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of their communities. Yet surviving and thriving can be especially difficult for children with disabilities.
Despite the many positive steps taken by the Government to date, UNICEF advocates that the major challenges children with disabilities and their families face should addressed,
- Inadequate access to early identification and intervention programmes, support services in the community, healthcare and truly inclusive education.
- Entrenched social discrimination and stigma, which are especially severe for children with disabilities who are also from other marginalised groups, such as refugees or the Roma community.
- A high risk of families slipping into poverty as they shoulder the high costs of care.
- Insufficient harmonisation of legislation with international human rights treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as poor implementation of relevant policies.
- Unreliable data on children with disabilities.
- Lack of protection for children with disabilities from the increased risk they face of violence and abuse.