“I have no legs, but I still have feelings
I cannot see, but I think all the time
Although I’m deaf, I still want to communicate
Why do people see me as useless, thoughtless, talkless
When I am as capable as any for thoughts about our world”
Children with disabilities have the same rights and needs as all children. They have the right to survive and thrive, to be included in the lives of their communities and societies, to live healthy lives and reach their full potential, and to become productive members of their society.
However, children with disabilities have too often been invisible in policies, in data, and in societies, aggravating their exclusion and contributing to inequity. They often have less access to services such as health and education, and are more likely to be subjected to neglect and abuse.
UNICEF and our partners want to change that. Children and adolescents with disabilities belong at the centre of efforts to build inclusive societies – not just as beneficiaries, but as agents of change.
Our Universal Children’s Day 2013 theme – It’s About Ability – will build on the global The State of the World’s Children 2013: Children with Disabilities Report to give a voice to children with disabilities.
Join us, and let the world know that children should not be defined by their limitations, but by their talents, skills and abilities.
Moms and dads, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Please let UNICEF know if you are planning an event for Universal Children’s Day. Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org