This paper was written by Alexandra Heinsjo Jackson, Associate Social Affairs Officer, under the supervision of Gisela Nauk, Chief of the Inclusive Social Development Section, Social Development Division. Overall guidance was provided by Frederico Neto, Director of the Social Development Division. The team is grateful to Katherine Brooks and Maha Damaj for their research and input and to Ola Abu Alghaib and Soumya Shastri for their review and support.  

The study is part of efforts by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to promote disability-inclusive social development in the Arab region. It follows on a series of projects, including Disability in the Arab Region: An Overview. For more information, see

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