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Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Around the world, at least 93 million children—or 1 in 20 of those aged 14 or younger—live with a moderate or severe disability.

Each one of these children is more than a statistic; each child is a son or daughter, brother or sister, friend or classmate. Each should have the same rights and opportunities as any other child.

But they do not. Children with disabilities are targets of discrimination, exclusion, stigmatization, neglect, exploitation, violence and abuse. Worst of all, children with disabilities are too often invisible—ignored by governments and communities.

As UNICEF advocates, we believe that children with disabilities deserve equal dreams and equal lives. We believe in ZERO discrimination against children with disabilities. Children belong at the center of efforts to build inclusive societies, not simply as recipients of charity, but as agents of change.

Tell Your Senators to Act Now

Everyone has a role to play in supporting the rights and needs of children with disabilities and their families. Governments must do their part by formally recognizing that children with disabilities have rights by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Together with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), this treaty commits governments to remove barriers that keep children with disabilities from participating in society and realizing their full potential.

It is time for the United States to ratify the CRPD! The U.S. Senate will consider the CRPD for ratification this year. We need you to let your Senators know that you support this important human rights treaty! Contact your Senators now!

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Rights of Children with Disabilities

Everyone has a role to play in supporting the rights and needs of children with disabilities and their families.

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Contact your Senators

Tell your Senators you support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

"You Count"

At a recent forum at UNICEF on children with disabilities, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake had this clear message: "You will not be forgotten, you will not be overlooked, you count."

State of the World's Children: 2013

State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities

Read and share UNICEF's new State of the World's Children report: Children with Disabilities.