Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

As written in Article 1, the purpose of the CRPD is to “…promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity” (1).

Article 7 is the main article in this Convention. It states that children with disabilities are to be treated equally, along with the ability to express themselves on any matter affecting their lives, while allowing the best interests of the child to be taken into consideration (2).

The CRPD ensures that the existing rights of children are being met (3). As stated in Article 19 of the CRC, children are to be protected from all types of violence (4). However, children with disabilities experience difficulties in seeking redress for conflict (5). Thus, the CRPD enforces States to ensure that complaints and procedures are accessible for children (6).

Did You Know?

  • The Convention is made up of 50 Articles that outline the legal rights of persons with disabilities (7)
  • It took over eight years of negotiating before the CRPD was created (8)
  • This is thefirst international treaty to be successfully negotiated in the 21st century (9)
  • The CRPD was adopted in 2006 and ratified by Canada in 2010

    Notes on this page

    1 Gerison Lansdown, Using the Human Rights Framework to Promote the Rights of Children with Disabilities: An analysis of the synergies between CRC, CRPD and CEDAW, (New York, UNICEF, 2012), 8.
    2 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol (2008), 7-8.
    3-6 Gerison Lansdown, See me, hear me: a guide to using the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities to promote the rights of children (London, Save the Children, 2009), 27.
    7-9 Ibid., 7.

    Prendergast, S. (2018). Disability Rights Information sheets in child friendly language. Prepared for Shaking the Movers/ Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project Youth Advisory Event, October, 13 and 14, 2018. IECSS: Toronto, ON. Accessed online: