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UNESCO Review of marginalisation of people with disabilities in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan


UNESCO Review of marginalisation of people with disabilities in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan

This paper was commissioned by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report as background information to assist in drafting the 2010 report. It has not been edited by the team. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the author(s) and should not be attributed to the EFA Global Monitoring Report or to UNESCO.

Using a social exclusion conceptual framework, this paper identifies several causes of marginalization of people with disabilities in the context of the MENA region. Focusing on Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, the incidence, prevalence, causes and characteristics of people with disabilities are reported. The educational experiences of children and youth with disabilities from early childhood through secondary school are described. Findings from these experiences are used to recommend strategies to address exclusionary policies and practices in order to promote inclusion. Strategies focus on egislation and policies, as well as addressing cultural and structural barriers hrough specific interventions.