Discrimination due to disability, health conditions

Disability discrimination occurs when someone is treated less favourably or put at a disadvantage for a reason that relates to their disability or health condition. While there is no comprehensive list of what is universally considered to be a disability, examples include reliance on assistive devices, confinement to a wheelchair, blindness, deafness and certain types of mental illness.

Children justice systems need to include legal frameworks and enforceability mechanisms protecting against children’s disability discrimination and eliminating barriers that prevent children with disabilities from having the same rights, opportunities and access as those without disabilities.

Disclaimer: Authors are the Global Initiative on Justice with Children with pro-bono support from Baker McKenzie. This section represents one among other positions of some members of the World Congress Consortium and does not necessarily represent the view of all institutions and members  involved.