Disabled children

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CRC Article = 23
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons (1975) defines an individual with disabilities as anyone "unable to ensure by himself or herself, wholly or partly, the necessities of a normal individual and/or social life as a result of a deficiency either congenital or not in his or her physical or mental capabilities." Under Article 2(1) of the CRC, States Parties are required to ensure to each child within their jurisdiction all of the CRC's rights without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child's or his or her parent's or legal guardian's disability. In addition, Article 23 accords to the mentally or physically disabled child the right to special care and assistance. The purpose of this provision is to ensure that disabled children enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child's active participation in the community.

See also:
Disabled assistance   Disabled children and international co-operation