Article 23 of the UNCRC is about children and young people with a disability.
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All children and young people have the right to be safe and happy. When a child or young person has a disability, people should make sure it does not get in the way of this. They should do this no matter what that disability is.
Children and young people should be cared for in a way that takes any disabilities they have into account, and they should be taught at school in a way that understands their disability.
People shouldn’t treat a child or young person badly because of their disability. They shouldn’t stop them from doing things they want to do, and they shouldn’t try to take away their rights.
Children and young people with disabilities should:
- be able to join in with activities, and their disability shouldn’t stop them from taking part
- be able to join in and feel included at school
- get special care if they need it
- be able to choose what they do and have a say in choices about their lives.
Relevant General Comments
Two General Comments that are relevant to Article 23 are:
- General Comment 3, on HIV/AIDS and children’s rights,
- General Comment 9, on the rights of children with disabilities.
Days of General Discussion
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child facilitates Days of General Discussion where experts from around the world can discuss a child rights issue in detail. The reports of their discussions are a helpful tool to understand how the UNCRC should be interpreted.
Some Days of General Discussion relevant to Article 23 are:
- 1997’s Day of General Discussion on children with disabilities, and
- 1998’s Day of General Discussion on HIV/AIDS.