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`Ensure full citizenship to disabled children'

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JULY 5. The 8th International Children's Congress has appealed to nations to ensure the right to full citizenship of children with disabilities in all aspects of community life such as health services, education and child care and recreation programmes.

The meet held in Stavanger University College, Norway, from June 14 to 18, focussed on `including children with disabilities in the community'.

A three-member team from Chennai represented the country at the congress. The team, led by Annie Shyam, Director, Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu (SPASTN), comprised Salma Salahuddin, principal, Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women, and K. Sivagami, special educator, SPASTN. They presented papers at the meet, in which 450 delegates from 42 countries participated.

The declaration of the congress called for formulating a national plan of action with clearly stated goals related to accessibility, health, social services and education for all.

Strengthening the participation of children and young people in society, giving them the opportunity to take part in planning, design and management of a broad array of services and activities that affected their lives and promoting inclusion of children and young people with disabilities in all sectors of the secondary school, post-secondary school and all forms of higher education were underscored.

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