Children with disabilities in Africa are among the most neglected groups in the policy domain as well as in the private sphere. The majority of these children face enormous economic, political, and social barriers that have an adverse impact on their physical, social and intellectual development and wellbeing.
This multiple-country study is an effort to make the situation of children with disabilities more visible, so that parents, community leaders, policy makers, as well as child rights activists and their organisations, commit themselves to better protecting and promoting the rights of children with disabilities. The study seeks to analyse how cultural, social, physical and other societal barriers prevent children with disabilities from enjoying their constitutional rights to equality, freedom and human dignity. It also seeks to establish opportunities and practices that could be used to address these barriers to enhance disabled children’s participation in society.