DISABILITY: A Guide to Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities - call for comments

The new Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will only be effective for children with disabilities if they, their caregivers, local communities and civil society organisations and advocates know that it exists and how to use it. Save the Children has responded to the need for information by developing a handbook to help children with disabilities and their advocates use the new Convention to claim their rights and begin to build inclusive societies which are equally respectful of all children.

Save the Children is inviting comments on this draft version of the handbook to be submitted over the next two weeks. 

Outline of the Handbook

The Handbook is intended for use by child and disability rights advocates, and civil society organisations. It will also be of use to government in interpreting and implementing the rights of children with disabilities. It does assume some knowledge or understanding of advocacy and is not written for children themselves. It will provide the user with:

A glossary – explaining some of the commonly used words in human rights law and practice

Chapter one - An introduction to human rights – where do they come from and what do they mean and how do they get established

Chapter two – Historical overview of the rights of people, including children, with disabilities – a brief review of the developments at the international level that have led to an understanding of disability as a human rights issue, the contribution of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to increased recognition of the rights of children with disabilities and its limitations in providing sufficient protection.

Chapter three - Development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – an overview of the history of the Convention, how it came about, the role played by the disability community, and children with disabilities, and the inclusion of issues concerning children with disabilities

Chapter four – Key provisions – a brief description of all the articles in the Convention and their meaning

Chapter five – Responsibility for implementation of the rights of children with disabilities – a detailed analysis of the key responsibilities of governments and the action they are expected to take to give effect to the commitments they undertake when ratifying the CRPD and the CRC, as well as the responsibilities of other actors in the lives of children with disabilities

Chapter six – Advocacy to promote implementation – suggested strategies for action to ensure effective advocacy to promote the realisation of the rights of children with disabilities

Chapter seven – Analysis of the CRC and the CRPD –an analysis of how to use the two Conventions together in order to understand the key rights of children with disabilities, and advocate effectively for their realisation

Please send comments to Tina Hyder, Diversity Adviser, Save the Children UK at: t.hyder@savethechildren.org.uk by 2 June 2008.


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