Adolescents and youth with disabilities 'are amongst the most marginalised and poorest of the world's youth (UNICEF, 2013)', yet lack visibility on the development agenda. The proposed panel will explore how to enhance the wellbeing and resilience of adolescents with disabilities in diverse LMICs.
Adolescents and youth with disabilities 'are amongst the most marginalised and poorest of the world's youth,' experiencing widespread violations of their rights and entrenched social exclusion (UNICEF, 2013). Whilst there is a significant shortage of empirical research on the prevalence of disabilities among adolescents (10-19 years) and youth (15-24 years) and on their living conditions, there are an estimated 180-220 million adolescents and youth with disabilities globally, with nearly 80% of them living in low/ middle income countries (LMICS) (Groce 2003).
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have contributed to greater inclusion of young people with disabilities, but adolescents and youth with disabilities still face very limited visibility within international development research, policy and practice. There are not only significant data gaps which hinder evidence-informed programming, but adolescents and youth also often fall between the cracks of services for children with disabilities and adults with disabilities, and moreover they are rarely mainstreamed into programming for young people (Groce and Kett, 2014; WHO and World Bank, 2011).
The proposed panel would be convened by Ola Abu Alghaib, Head of Influencing, Impact and Learning, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Dr Nicola Jones, ODI Principal Research Fellow and Programme Director of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) longitudinal research programme and Gerison Lansdown, international children's and persons with disabilities expert to explore how to enhance the development trajectories, wellbeing and resilience of adolescents and youth with disabilities in diverse LMICs.