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Jordan: Leading the Way in Disability Rights

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Jordan: Leading the Way in Disability Rights

Jordan is well known as a leader in cutting-edge medical technology and surgical procedures. Jordan is one of the world's foremost destinations for those requiring organ transplants, a reputation garnered through successful and innovative techniques and discoveries in the field of medical research and organ transplantation.

Today, despite the global dip in economic stability, Jordan continues to rise head and shoulders above international medical providers as a medical tourism industry leader, and with good reason. Over 200,000 international patients from nearly 50 countries around the world travel to Jordan every year for care and advanced treatments, bolstered by their reputation for providing quality care. Indeed, the World Bank ranks Jordan 1st in the region and 5th in overall global medical tourism.

Jordan isn't only well known for their high-tech surgical procedures and medical care. They're also a leader in providing resources, care, and rehabilitation for the disabled. Jordan has been the first nation to back disability specific legislation, seeking to fully integrate the disabled into general society.

First in Middle East to Recognize the Importance of Disability Care
Twenty-first century societies around the globe are still lacking adequate care and information regarding disabilities. In many countries, the disabled continue to be a forgotten and shunned aspect of society. Lack of care, education and knowledge regarding mental and physical disabilities keeps many tucked away from prying eyes, the burden of care resting on family who know nothing about the disability or how to properly care for their loved ones. Unfortunately, many are abandoned, left to survive on their own as best they can.

Jordan truly believes in the benefits of investing resources into meeting the needs of the disables, whether they're diagnosed with cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, mental illness or behavioral problems. As a country that tolerates their mixed society of religions, cultures and belief systems, it seems logical that Jordan should also lead the way in recognizing, accepting and taking responsibility for the disabled in their lands.

Jordan is one of the first in the Middle East to ensure building codes that offer accessibility for the disabled requiring the use of wheelchairs, prosthetics and other forms of mobility for the disabled. In 2005, Jordan was recently awarded the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award. According to the award presenter, former President Roosevelt's granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Jordan has inspired and set an example for all countries for its efforts and inspiration in providing accessibility and services for the disabled, who "all too often prevent those with disabilities from joining the mainstream of civil society."

Jordan Leading the Way
Jordan has been recognized in a number of ways in regard to their approach to care, education and resources for the disabled:

  • First country in the Middle East to enact legislation and develop easy-access building codes.
  • First Arab/Islamic country to receive the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award
  • Created the CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) to encourage those with disabilities to come to Jordan to engage in study-abroad programs.

Jordan's Constitution on Education
Jordan's Disability Law includes the following specifications: "The philosophy of the Kingdom of Jordan with regard to its disabled citizens is based on Arabic-Islamic values, the Jordanian Constitution, The National Charter, the Laws governing education and higher education, the World Declaration on Human Rights, and the International Declaration on Disabled Persons; and stresses the following rights with respect to education:

  • Integration into the general life of the society
  • Education and higher education commensurate with his/her abilities
  • Obtain such aides, equipment and materials that assist them in education
  • Access to education, training and rehabilitation for those who have multiple and severe disabilities
  • Participate and decision making pertaining to them"

Conclusion
Jordan continues to be a leader not only in medical technology, training and quality medical care, but also the physical, mental and emotional needs of the disabled, regardless of condition or prognosis. Article Three of Jordan's Disability and Education Law determines the rights of all disabled individuals to have access to and receive higher education as far as their capabilities can take them, and the right to training and rehabilitation in order to integrate the disabled into society as much as possible. As in the past, Jordan continues to lead the way.

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PlacidWay  2010-12-08   Articles/Press Releases

Jesse Tino

PlacidWay

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