Palestinian children with disabilities are determined to learn
A 2016 UNICEF study on children with disabilities in the State of Palestine shows that the stigma surrounding children with disabilities is very strong and pervasive.
“That stigma is prevalent in the community and in some instances even inside the home,” says Kumiko Imai, Chief of Social Policy at UNICEF. “Yet, we witness transformational results when children benefit from appropriately tailored health care and inclusive education systems, like Wi’am and Hammam do.”
Wi’am, who is living proof that children like her can further develop their society, spoke during the local launch of the UNICEF study.
“I was a bit scared when I spoke at the opening of the launch,” says Wi’am, who was sitting next to Palestinian ministers and high officials. “After ending my speech, and as I heard the audience clapping for me, I realized how I can transform this world,” she says.
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