Childrens rights

23. 1. States Parties recognize that a mentally or

physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions

which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child’s active

participation in the community.

2. States Parties recognize the right of the disabled child to

special care and shall encourage and ensure the extension, subject to available

resources, to the eligible child and those responsible for his or her care, of

assistance for which application is made and which is appropriate to the child’s

condition and to the circumstances of the parents or others caring for the


3. Recognizing the special needs of a disabled child, assistance

extended in accordance with paragraph 2 of the present article shall be provided

free of charge, whenever possible, taking into account the financial resources

of the parents or others caring for the child, and shall be designed to ensure

that the disabled child has effective access to and receives education,

training, health care services, rehabilitation services, preparation for

employment and recreation opportunities in a manner conducive to the child’s

achieving the fullest possible social integration and individual development,

including his or her cultural and spiritual development.

4. States Parties shall promote, in the spirit of international

co-operation, the exchange of appropriate information in the field of preventive

health care and of medical, psychological and functional treatment of disabled

children, including dissemination of and access to information concerning

methods of rehabilitation, education and vocational services, with the aim of

enabling States Parties to improve their capabilities and skills and to widen

their experience in these areas. In this regard, particular account shall be

taken of the needs of developing countries.