Disability in Humanitarian Action

UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) outline an organizational commitment to deliver a set of humanitarian assistance for all children regardless of their status or context. UNICEF recognizes that providing for children with disabilities in situations of conflict, disaster and displacement is complex, but that effective actions can be taken to tailor humanitarian programmes to be inclusive of all children, including those living with disabilities in the interest of creating a basis for inclusive long term protection and support. Inclusive humanitarian action is informed by and grounded in key principles and programming approaches based on gender equality, human rights, humanitarian principles and participation. Inclusive responses ensure the rights of children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families, to survive and to live with dignity, while benefiting the population as a whole.

Guidelines and Tools

Minimum Standards and Guidelines on Age and Disability in Emergencies, ADCAP, 2015
Disabilities in Humanitarian Action: Checklist for the CCCs, UNICEF, 2014
Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement, UNHCR, 2011
Disabilities Among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations & Resource Kit for Fieldworkers, Women’s Refugee Commission, 2008
World Disasters Report: Focus on Discrimination (ch 4), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 2007
Factsheet: Disability in Conflicts and Emergencies, CBM
Disability Checklist for Emergency Response, Handicap International
Toolkit for Long Term Recovery: Haiti, Reconstruction for All, Global Partnership for Disability and Development
Analysis, Data, and Assessmenmt
SITAN Guidelines, UNICEF, 2013
Demographic Survey - Questions on Disability Endorsed by the Washington Group, UNICEF
Education in Emergency Kits – Supplementary Guidelines on Disability (requires Intranet access), UNICEF, 2015
Accessibility of Infrastructure in Emergencies
All Under One Roof Disability - Inclusive Shelter and Settlements in Emergencies , CBM, HI, 2015
Accessibility Technical Cards, UNICEF
GBV and Disability During a Humanitarian Crisis
GBV Against Children and Youth with Disabilities: A Toolkit for Child Protection Actors, Women’s Refugee Commission, Women’s Refugee Commission, 2016
Tools to Assess and Mitigate GBV Risks Among Urban Refugees, Women’s Refugee Commission, 2016
Refugees with Disabilities - Increasing Inclusion, Building Community: Disabilities Discussion Tool for Field Workers , Women’s Refugee Commission, 2015
Health and Rehabilitation in Humanitarian Action
Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities: Discussion Paper , UNICEF, WHO, 2015
Guidance Note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health, UNICEF, WHO, UNISDR, CBM, ICRC, IOM, 2013
Priority Assistive Products List (APL), WHO