Article 23

Every child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life in conditions that promote dignity, independence and an active role in the community. Governments must do all they can to provide free care and assistance to children with disability.

For January, we are looking at the right that all children are treated equally and fairly and adaptations are made for those with disabilities so that they can live complete lives, where independence is encouraged and dignity always comes first.


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 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 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.