Disability Inclusion


Children and caregivers who have physical, sensorial, intellectual and/ or psychosocial disabilities often experience discrimination, exclusion, and other rights violations that cause high levels of personal and familial distress.

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Children and families can live with a wide range of disabilities: physical, sensorial  intellectual and psychosocial. All types of disability, however, increase children’s risk of discrimination, exclusion and rights violations. These risks can result in segregation, confinement, restraints on children’s autonomy, threats to their physical and mental integrity, and high levels of distress.[1]

Accessible MHPSS activities must identify and address the attitudinal, environmental, institutional, financial and communication barriers that prevent children with disabilities and caregivers with disabilities from participating in relevant programming. Children and caregivers with disabilities should be consulted from the beginning of programme development and throughout all stages of the programme cycle.

[1] IASC (2019) Guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities

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