Ausaid Annual Report
2012–13

australian agency for international development
  • Promoting the rights of children with disability

Promoting the rights of children with disability

Ensuring that people with disability—including children—are supported to improve their quality of life through all aspects of the aid program is the guiding principle of Development for all: towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009–2014.

Children with disability are less likely to attend school, have access to appropriate medical and social services, or have the opportunity to participate in society. Children with disability often face major barriers to enjoying the same rights and freedoms as their peers and may face greater risks of abuse. The 2011 World Report on Disability estimates that there are around 150 million children with disability.

In partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund, Australia is working to improve the quality of life of children with disability, including through the Rights, Education and Protection project ($2.7 million from 2011–2014) to enhance education and child protection systems so that they are sensitive, responsive and inclusive of children with disability.

For example, we are working in Vietnam to improve access to education for children with disability, including through training teachers, social workers and respite carers at integrated education centres to improve learning opportunities.

Australia co-hosted the launch of the United Nations Children's Fund flagship publication—State of the world's children report: children with disabilities—in Da Nang, Vietnam on 30 May 2013. The report emphasises that children with disability have the same rights as those without, and that these children can make important contributions to our communities if provided with the opportunity to do so.

Caption: Four-year-old Nguyen Van Quy was born with autism and follows classes specifically tailored for his needs at the Da Nang Inclusive Education Resource Centre. He hopes to join an inclusive school soon and attend mainstream classes

Credit: Courtesy of S Bisin, United Nations Children’s Fund