Advancing the rights of children with disabilities
Handbook for Parliamentarians
Children with disabilities are exposed daily to a range of limitations in exercising their fundamental human rights and are faced with numerous obstacles to being fully part of society.
Their abilities are often neglected, their capacities underestimated, and their needs are given a very low degree of priority.
The obstacles which these children face are more often a consequence of the environment in which they live than their disabilities.
To improve the situation, it is necessary to eliminate all obstacles that prevent them from fully participating in society and to enable them to exercise all human rights and freedoms without any discrimination.
These obstacles can be and often are poverty, non-inclusive schools, inaccessible buildings, bad or inaccessible transportation, social stigmatization, lack of educated and sensitized staff, etc.