How do we address sustainability and inclusion with young people with hearing, visual, and intellectual disabilities?
Youth with disabilities face multiple forms of discrimination which leads to their exclusion from society and school. Attitudes toward children with disabilities, as well as a lack of resources to accommodate them, compound the challenges they face in accessing education. While lack of access to school is an issue, an equal concern is the inability of the education system to ensure quality education for youth with disabilities. In consequence, they suffer from low self-esteem and lack the needed skills or knowledge to be able to apply for suitable jobs.
While the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Education For All framework aims to meet the learning needs of all children and youth, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recalls those obligations. Further, it specifies that “States Parties shall take all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children”, and “ensure an inclusive education system at all levels and lifelong learning” (articles 7 and 24).