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NTERNATIONAL EXPERTS DISCUSS SUCCESSES AND OBSTACLES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Everything from stigma to statistics…experts hash it out in Voices Report
Doha, Qatar, The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and
Development (DIIFSD) would like to announce the completion of Project CHILD
Voices from Around the World Special Report. In 2009 the DIIFSD, in
partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M
University, initiated an international study on the status of children with
disabilities and their families entitled Children and the International
Landscape of Disabilities (Project CHILD). Findings from the study were
recently presented at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (May 2010).
Over the course of Project CHILD, 102 disability experts were interviewed in
57 countries whose combined populations represent 71 percent of the world's
people. One of the most striking discoveries was that when talking about
children with disabilities and their families, there are more similarities
than differences.

"This report, while documenting positive, transformational change, also
reveals that children with disabilities around the world, especially those in
developing countries, face significant barriers with respect to social
inclusion, education and access to medical care." said Hissa Al Thani,
Special Rapporteur on Disability to the United Nations (2003-2009).
DIIFSD anticipates that Project CHILD will increase understanding regarding
the effects of disability on children and their families; provide helpful
information regarding available assistance and resources; encourage increased
cooperative action by local, regional and international stakeholders; and
spur much-needed action.

The Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development,
established in 2005, serves as a global center for providing academic
research, interdisciplinary studies, and policy initiatives in support,
development, and implementation of family-friendly policies and programs
around the world. The Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M
University serves as a key collaborative partner of the Doha International
Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD). The PPRI is a social
problem research institute, focusing on critical societal issues such as
education, health, and the welfare of families and children.

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If you would like more information about this report, or to schedule an
interview, please call Dr. Charles Johnson at 979-845-8800 or email
cd-johnson@.tamu.edu .

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