Social Inclusion of children with disabilities
We work with the Government and other partners to make a shift from a purely medical to a bio-psycho-social approach to disability
Georgia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but national laws still require alignment with international standards. Although the number of children in large-scale state institutions has reduced significantly, concerns remain regarding the use of such institutions for children with disabilities.
The services for children with disabilities remain insufficient. In many municipalities/regions such services do not exist at all.
Also, a significant number of children with disabilities remain invisible which results in these children having neither access to social benefits nor services and being excluded and discriminated. Also, statistics on the number of children with disabilities and their needs remain unreliable, which negatively impacts the development of effective national policies and programmes. Furthermore, children with disabilities continue to suffer from the strong stigma connected to disability in Georgia.
We work with the Government and other partners to make a shift from a purely medical to a bio-psycho-social approach to disability in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. Wesupport the Government to assess disability based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
We support the Government to revise policies and legislation, strengthen the national data management system on children with disabilities and establishfamily support as well as alternative care services.
(such as e.g. Specialized Family-Type and Foster Care Services, as well as Day Care Centres for children with disabilities) in order to stimulate their development and support their integration into communities. We also work to change harmful attitudes and beliefs around children with disabilities and to foster their social inclusion.