20050630 Disability Issues in MENA World Bank

20050630 Disability Issues in the Middle East and North Africa World Bank

This paper examines disability in the MENA region with respect to prevalence and main causes of disability, economic and social consequences of disabilities, prevention and risk mitigation mechanisms, and policies and strategies to create the enabling environment which permits persons with disabilities full participation in society, including access to education and labor force, and participation in decision making. Its purpose is to take stock of our current knowledge of disability issues in the region, and to open the door to new ideas and initiatives that will help mainstream disability as a theme across sectors. The report has several main messages.