Author : Bob Ransom Year : 2008
Everywhere in the world, disabled persons face significant challenges—mobility, discrimination, access to treatment, and so forth. Children in developing nations face equally daunting obstacles. Due to these overlapping troubles, children with disabilities in Africa encounter a particular set of political, social and economic barriers to their development. In many societies, these children are (sometimes literally) considered to be a curse on their families, on account of the emotional and economic burden they represent.
In most cases they are deprived of their right to basic education, health and access to other services. As if their physical suffering were not enough, these young people live in an atmosphere of discrimination and stigma at home, at school, and throughout their community. Advocacy on behalf of children with disabilities must take into account the broader context of family life and communal belonging. This report provides a legal framework for understanding the rights which children with disabilities enjoy. At the same time, it points to the real-life experiences of children with disabilities and provides essential recommendations for bridging that gap.