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TELLING CHILDREN ABOUT THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES



“In our society there are very stable stereotypes that children with disabilities should stay away from the “healthy” ones. Overcoming this stereotype is the biggest issue... Such children are despised and avoided; people are afraid of them and seek to isolate them”.


Mother of a child with autism

HOW MANY PEOPLE WITH
DISABILITIES ARE IN UKRAINE?



In 2016, there were 2,614,061 people with disabilities officially registered in Ukraine. 153,574 of them are children.

WHY HAS THE ISSUE OF DISABILITY
BECOME SO ACTUAL TODAY?



Because of the long-lasting war in the East of Ukraine, the number of people with disabilities is increasing. Those affected are civilians and the military.
In May 2017 there were 1,528,565 internally displaced people registered in Ukraine. 57,774 of them are people with disabilities.

WHY ARE WE TELLING CHILDREN
ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE
WITH DISABILITIES?



There are some stereotypes about people with disabilities in the Ukrainian society. This influences the formation of the notion of disability in the minds of the young generation of the Ukrainian citizens. It is very important to tell them about dignity and values inherent in every person as early as in their childhood when personality, mentality and attitude to the surrounding world are still being shaped.

WHEN DID UN ADOPT
THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS
OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES?



The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted in 2006 by the Resolution # 61/106 of the United Nations General Assembly.

WHEN DID UKRAINE SIGN THE
CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES?



Ukraine acceded to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2008.
The Convention was ratified in 2009 and it came into force in 2010.

WHO CREATED THE BOOK
“TELLING CHILDREN ABOUT THE UN
CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF
PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES”?



The UN Refugee Agency created this book together with the National Assembly of People with Disabilities in Ukraine.. Owing to the Assembly’s vast experience in educational and outreach work, we managed to make the book as comprehensible as possible for children.


HOW WAS THE BOOK CREATED?



As a basis, we used the children’s version of the Convention published in the USA. It was developed with the help of the children themselves. The manual was translated into Ukrainian, tested with 79 children aged 5 to 11 and adapted to Ukrainian context.

WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE OF THIS BOOK?



We hope this book will be useful for teachers, parents and of course children.

TELLING CHILDREN ABOUT
THE UN CONVENTION ON THE
RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES