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A Panel Session for Discussing the Progress Made in the Work of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Amman, 24 April 2018 - His Highness Prince Mired bin Ra'ad, President of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, led a session entitled "In our lives: from Institutions to Family Care." The session was in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Ra’ad bin Zeid and Princess Majida Ra’ad.


The session was organized by the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Lumos Organization. The topics discussed included the progress made in the work of the rights of persons with disabilities, the challenges faced and future plans to guarantee these rights in the future in the Kingdom.



The session reviewed the main themes of developing alternative services to institutionalization. The axes combine theory with practical application, to design and manage alternative service programs to institutionalization.


The experiences of a number of countries in providing alternative community services to the institutionalized care system were reviewed. The session also discussed aspirations over the coming years, the challenges to implementation, how to deal with them and how to intensify efforts of various stakeholders in the government sector and civil society organizations.


His Royal Highness Prince Mired stressed the importance of supporting the efforts of the Council in the pursuit of social inclusion through programs prepared for this sector. He also emphasized the importance of bringing together the efforts of institutions and individuals to find solutions, improve conditions and make achievements.


Secretary General of the Council, Dr. Muhannad Al-Azzeh, said that the Kingdom is committed to the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the articles of the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to transform the care system for children and adults with disabilities.


Georgette Mulheir, the Chief Executive Officer of Lumos International, said that Jordan is on the right track in caring for this sector and that the organization will continue its support to the Kingdom at all stages of developing and implementing the plan.


A number of decision makers and relevant partners from different regions of the Kingdom participated in the session. Experts in the fields of social protection, development, health, education and protection against violence, as well as a number of persons with disabilities and their organizations were also in attendance.