Children and youth with disabilities often face greater disadvantage and vulnerability than their peers, due to negative attitudes and lack of inclusive policies. In a development context, research from agencies such as UNICEF has shown how children and young people with disabilities face barriers in accessing vital services such as health and nutrition, education and child protection.
The rights of children and youth with disabilities are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which require mainstream child and youth services to include young people with disabilities, but also recognise that specific policy and program responses might be needed.
UNICEF produced a major report in 2013 focussing on the situation of children with disabilities globally, and highlighting the need for increased attention. Resources below also include reports, videos, and practical guidance on including children with disabilities.
See also: Education, Health, Nutrition and Data collection to inform design and measurement.