This handbook provides authoritative and cutting-edge analyses of various aspects of the rights and lives of disabled children around the world.

Taking the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) as conceptual frameworks, this work appraises the current state of affairs concerning the rights of disabled children across different stages of childhood, different life domains, and different socio-cultural contexts.

The book is divided into four sections:

  • Legislation and Policy
  • Children’s Voice
  • The Life Course in Childhood
  • Life Domains in Childhood

Comprised of 37 newly commissioned chapters featuring analyses of UN documents and case studies from Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vanuatu, its multidisciplinary approach reflects the complexities of the lives of disabled children and the multifarious nature of the strategies needed to ensure their rights are upheld.

It will be of interest to researchers and students working in disability studies, education, allied health, law, philosophy, play studies, social policy, and the sociology of childhood. It will also be a valuable resource for professionals/practitioners, allowing them to consider future directions for ensuring that disabled children’s rights are realised and their well-being and dignity are assured.

chapter 1|13 pages


Children's Rights and Disability

section Section 1|149 pages

Legislation and Policy

chapter Vignette One|2 pages

Meet Aurora

chapter 5|19 pages

‘They Still need to Listen More’

Working in Partnership with Disabled Young Researchers to Inform and Shape Country Submissions to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

chapter Vignette Two|2 pages

Meet Charlie

chapter 9|17 pages

The Care Dependency Grant in South Africa

Challenges on the Road to Inclusive Rights

section Section 2|135 pages

Children's Voice

chapter 10|21 pages

Children's Rights, Arts-Based Methods, and Gramsci's Common Sense

The Possibilities of Freedom

chapter Vignette Three|2 pages

Meet Liv

chapter 14|18 pages

The Right to an ‘Active Voice’ without Words

Co-Creating Knowledge in Special Schools with Art Research Together

chapter Vignette Four|2 pages

Meet Liam

chapter 16|19 pages

Do All Children Have the Right to Express Views?

Listening to ‘Differently Voiced’ Communicators

section Section 3|180 pages

The Life Course in Childhood

chapter Vignette Five|2 pages

Meet Ane

chapter 19|16 pages

Down Syndrome Abortion Bans

Law and Ethics

chapter 20|17 pages

Clash of Competing Rights in Surrogacy

Embryos, Foetuses, and Children with a Disability

chapter 21|17 pages

Framing Does Matter

How Health Professionals can Empower Disabled Children and their Families

chapter 22|16 pages

From ‘Retarded’ Education to Authentic Life

A Personal Education Retrospective

chapter Vignette Six|1 pages

Meet Michaela

chapter 23|21 pages

Design as an Agent of Children's Rights?

Inclusive Mobility Design for Children with Disabilities

chapter 25|15 pages

‘Look at Us … We're Walking’

Parental Advocacy vs a Child's Privacy in the age of Internet Sharing

section Section 4|199 pages

Life Domains in Childhood

chapter 27|17 pages

The Changing Landscape of Inclusive Education

A Shift towards Universal Design for Learning

chapter Vignette Seven|2 pages

Meet Ġinġa

chapter 29|17 pages

A Certain Kind of Freedom, a Certain Subject of Right

The Disabilitydispositifof Inclusion and the Government of the Disabled Child in the Italian Education System

chapter 31|22 pages

Through the Eyes of Children with Disabilities

Recognising Children's Agency in their Play in Inclusive Playspaces

chapter 32|18 pages

Disabled Children's Access to Music

Music's Transformational Potential and Music Therapy's Dis/enabling Role in Making Music Accessible

chapter Vignette Eight|2 pages

Meet Euletta

chapter 33|17 pages

The Right to Grow Together

Exploring the Roles of Community Agents in Providing Support for Early Adolescents with Disabilities to make Friends and join Groups

chapter 34|16 pages

Sex, Love, and Human Rights

Sexual Rights for Children and Youth Experiencing Disability

chapter 35|16 pages

Who Is Worthy of Rights?

An Analysis of Children Living at the Intersections of Disability, Citizenship, and Migration in the United States and Italy

chapter 36|18 pages

The Right to Safety

Promoting the Authority of Disabled Children to Tackle Rights Resistance

chapter 37|14 pages

Ceci n'est pas un dénouement

This is not a Conclusion