Disability is a complex umbrella term with many culturally constructed meanings. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, defines disability as “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder [a person’s] full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”. When applied in the context of children with disability, this definition refers to those who have an impairment (e.g. visual, hearing, intellectual, psychosocial, physical) which in combination with personal and environmental barriers (e.g. inaccessible buildings, stigma and negative attitudes, lack of assistive devices) restricts their full participation (e.g. in school, social life).
This definition draws heavily upon that proposed by: Kyegombe, N., Banks, L.M., Kelly, S. et al. (2019). How to conduct good quality research on violence against children with disabilities: Key ethical, measurement, and research principles. BMC Public Health 19, 1133. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7456-z« Back to Glossary Index