Analysis of the situation of children with disabilities in Sudan
The analysis identified a number of negative and positive factors that describe the current situation of children with disabilities.
- Social stigma and negative social perceptions attached to disability
- Social pressure leads to children with disabilities attempting to "pass for normal" or over-compensating
- Medical treatment presents an array of challenges, in terms of the burden of cost and transportation, but also by treating disability as a pathology and focusing only on the path to medical ‘cure’.
- Gap in and lack of access to services for children with disabilities compounded by lack of trained and skilled professionals to address disability issues
- Children with disabilities naturally bloom when they are included in their society and partake in regular activities
- Parents play a pivotal role in increasing their children’s chances for accessing rehabilitation, education and social inclusion opportunities. They find supportive allies in unions of persons with disabilities and civil society centres and organisations.Government of Sudan has enacted a new National Disability Act (2009), calls for the establishment of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities and a national disability fund and ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- ‘Special Education’ departments have been established in State Ministries of Education, and action taken on a national strategy for inclusive education.
- Through the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, themed groups and networks work to design strategies to mainstream issues of children and persons with disabilities in all aspects of government structure.
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NOTE: a more comprehensive situation analysis is coming soon. Please check the disability section in the coming days.