28 November 2023

A road map to a better future

To seven-year-old Alisa, there is no such thing as a difficult exercise. Although her daily physiotherapy sessions can be strenuous and require razor sharp focus, with the help of her favourite physiotherapist all seems possible. “Alisa has lots of energy, she laughs a lot and sometimes has trouble concentrating but the physiotherapist, Ms…, “It was the project that has found us”, Alisa and her mother Liudmyla arrived in Wroclaw in March 2022 from Zhytomyr, northern Ukraine. Securing physiotherapy for the Alisa, who suffers from a congenital orthopaedic condition, was a priority but accessing it initially proved difficult due to language barriers and bureaucratic hurdles. A year after they arrived Liudmyla's received a…, Programmes informed by first-hand experience, As a father of two children with disabilities, the centre’s co-creator Adam Komar lives for such stories. The plethora of services offered at the centre have been informed by his own experience. “When we were setting up the centre, we wanted to provide holistic support for families, so they would not have to go to different specialists in…, Fun for kids, a breather for parents, Before being forced to flee Dnipropetrovsk in central Ukraine almost two years ago, Valeria could not imagine entrusting her 10-year-old son Yehor in somebody else’s care. “How could I leave my son for 4 hours?” she says. “He wears diapers, I dress him, change him, he does not talk. If somebody hurts him he would not be able to tell me.” Valeria…
17 October 2023

Reducing poverty through support for children with disabilities and their families

Nearly 10.8 million children in Europe and Central Asia have disabilities, accounting for 1 in 17 children across the region. Their opportunity to lead fulfilling lives and fully and fairly participate in society depends on the extent to which they are supported and included in their homes, schools and communities. The exclusion of people with…, A comprehensive and inclusive social protection system should ensure:, Income security, Income security for children with disabilities and their families that supports an adequate standard of living on an equal basis with others, including through effective access to disability-specific cash benefits for children and their carers., Adequate healthcare, Access to adequate healthcare, including disability-related medical care and rehabilitation. , Financial coverage, Financial coverage of disability-related costs and access to care services and/or assistive technology. , Access to the comprehensive services, Access to the comprehensive services needed throughout life, such as care services, education, vocational training, support with employment and generating income. , Equitable access to support and benefits, An inclusive social protection system guarantees equitable access to support and benefits for all children with disabilities, considering specific needs based on age, gender, and ethnicity., First 1,000 days, For families of children who are born with disabilities or are at risk of developmental delays, early identification and support are critical to ensure that children thrive. Their right to immunization, accessible and affordable health care and community-based services is essential. Their ability to enjoy recreational activities, playgrounds and…, Early education and care, Participation in quality early education and care supports children’s social and emotional development and learning and helps support a smooth transition to school. Drawing of a teacher handing a hearing aid to a student. Inclusive learning From preschool onwards, children with disabilities must have support from qualified teachers and teacher…, Inclusive Education, Inclusive education ensures that children with disabilities participate fully in learning. They need to be provided with equal learning opportunities in a safe, protective environment that embraces their diversity and accommodates their needs. These environments also need to support their wellbeing, helping them thrive and participate fully in…
29 September 2023

Assessing disability of children

This report  describes the disability assessment systems in the five countries, identifies potentially transferable best practices, general and specific observations about practices, and, finally, provides recommendations for technical guidance and further disability assessment system reform in the region and beyond. Specifically, this report:   examines the extent to which disability assessment system reform in five countries has led to understanding of disability in line with human rights-based approach to disability, improved assessment of individual child needs and the extent it has contributed to effective policy and service planning and provision for children with disabilities and families, examines the extent to which the use of ICF in disability assessment, certification and eligibility determination has facilitated a transition from medical towards a human-rights based approach to disability inclusion, examines the extent to which disability assessment reform has contributed to a common understanding of disability and strengthened cross-­sectoral collaboration, particularly in the context of de-institutionalization and transition to family and community-based care, early identification, and response to risks of family separation, family support (and reintegration) services, gate-keeping system (decision-making in the best interest of the child), promoting case management, examines the extent to which it has led to systemic transformation (human and financial resources, capacity building, legislation), and provides a synthesis of the key findings and recommendations for future reforms.