Situational Analysis of the rights of children with disabilities in Uganda, May 2014.
The Government of Uganda is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children, including children with disabilities (CwDs), upholding their human rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and ensuring their unconditional access to all services. In this context, in the partnership with UNICEF Uganda, the Government has identified the need to increase the general knowledge and awareness about the state of CwDs’ human rights in Uganda. This study aims to analyse and consolidate available information rather than to create new knowledge. This will ultimately feed into UNICEF’s and Government of Uganda’s programmatic response to the issues faced by CwDs from 2015 onwards.
The study found that CwDs are one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged groups in society. Understanding their current situation by assessing the extent to which their rights are realised in Uganda, reviewing available statistical information, analysing the regulatory and institutional frameworks and mapping programmes was of paramount importance. It revealed a gap in addressing or meeting the needs of CwDs by duty-bearers and key stakeholders.