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Take us seriously! Engaging children with disabilities in decisions affecting their lives

UNICEF’s work on disability is based on a human rights approach, with a focus on equity. It has been developed within the framework of inclusive development, and actively promotes the social model of disability. A central tenet is that legislation, policies and programmes must be informed and shaped by the children they will affect. Participation is a foundational principle of a rights-based approach.

Disability data collection: A summary review of the use of the Washington Group Questions by development and humanitarian actors

The Washington Group Questions on Disability are rapidly emerging as the preferred data collection methodology by the global community for national data collection efforts on disability. However, more and more development and humanitarian actors are now using the methodology in their own data collection efforts. This is beyond the original purpose of the questions, which was to generate usable data for governments.

Disability inclusive WASH practices – Including people with disabilities in UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programming

The purpose of the guidance note is to provide a practical tool to strengthen the inclusion and access of children and adults with disabilities in UNICEF WASH interventions. The guidance note should be adapted to the goals and objectives of the particular WASH intervention, and used alongside other UNICEF programme planning, monitoring, and evaluation and reporting technical and guidance notes. Examples are included from Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Jordan and Mozambique.

The case for investment in accessible and inclusive WASH

Using current evidence and testimony from more than 60 WASH experts in 30 countries, this technical paper highlights evidence to argue that accessible and inclusive WASH is achievable at low cost, by using universal design, community-driven change, and existing knowledge, expertise and methods. The paper provides starting points to understand the impact of and case for accessible and inclusive WASH.

Children with disabilities in situations of armed conflict - a discussion paper

During armed conflict, children with disabilities are caught in a vicious cycle of violence, social polarization, deteriorating services and deepening poverty. Global estimates suggest there are between 93 million and 150 million children with disabilities under the age of 15.Given that disability is often not reported due to stigma there is reason to believe actual prevalence could be much higher. Although efforts to ensure the fulfilment of their rights have improved, girls and boys with disabilities continue to remain among the most marginalized and excluded segment of the population.

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