Focus on children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The challenges facing children with disabilities, from institutionalization to lack of specialized health care.
Many children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia face isolation and marginalization. This short, four-page briefing paper sets out the main challenges in countries that have, for the most part, ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). These include the institutionalization of children with disabilities and their lack of access to mainstream education and specialized health care – particularly early diagnosis and interventions.
The paper notes that children with disabilities have the shared experience of being defined and judged by their disability rather than their potential. It also sets out UNICEF’s support for all vulnerable children, including those with disabilities. This ranges from generating awareness about their situation to influence policymakers and the public, to supporting the collection of data to ensure their greater visibility in policies and programmes for children.