DISABILITY: It’s About Ability - An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A child-friendly version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 'It’s About Ability: An explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities', was launched this week by UNICEF and the Victor Pineda Foundation.

This version aims to educate, empower and motivate all children, but particularly those with disabilities, to claim their rights and to actively participate in challenging discrimination as well as promoting the Convention.

The child-friendly booklet is part of a collaborative effort involving UN partners, Save the Children and disabled people’s organisations. The Special Olympics and Save the Children (UK and Sweden) provided space to consult with children at organised events.

“It’s about ability. That’s what it’s about,” said disability rights activist Victor Pineda. “Hopefully I can inspire other kids with this book to understand all the things that they can do and to help them understand the promises that have been given to them.”

“The inclusion of children with disabilities is not a charitable act but a matter of rights,” said UNICEF Director of Programmes Nicholas Alipui. “Empowering and enabling children makes them less vulnerable to violence, abuse and exploitation.”

'It's About Ability' will be distributed together with a set of educational materials, currently under development, which are to be used by youth leaders, peer educators, teachers and community workers.

Together with its partners, UNICEF will also support data collection and research, and will provide technical assistance in the review of national legislation to ensure they are in compliance with the CRPD's principles.

Further information

Owner: Victor Pinedapdf: http://www.crin.org/docs/VP_Ability.pdf



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