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A Delegation from the British Lumos Organization Visits Jordan

2018-04-25

Amman in 22 April 2018 - A delegation from the British Lumos organization started an official visit to Jordan. The delegation is headed by Chief Executive Officer, Georgette Mulheir. She is accompanied by International Technical Services consultant Keri Hall, International Outreach Director Mara Kavan and director of the Migrant Minors Project Yasir Mohammad.

The visit to the Kingdom is a result of joint cooperation and exchange of advice and training between the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Ministry of Social Development and the Lumos Organization over the past three years. Their aim is to identify elements of the transformation into alternative services and the development of the Kingdom's road map to making available alternative services to institutionalization. They will also develop awareness-raising messages about the alternative care service benefits persons with disabilities will receive.


 

Cooperation in this area aims at strengthening the independent living system of persons with disabilities in the Kingdom. It will provide access to health care, education and social care that is tailored to their needs. It will also provide the necessary support to their families so that they can offer the care their children need to develop their abilities.

 

The delegation met with the Minister of Health, the Minister of Social Development and the Minister of Education. It also met with the Secretary General of the National Council for Family Affairs and the Secretary General of the Family Protection Department. The Secretary General of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Muhannad Al-Azzeh, was in attendance.

The organization's visit to the Kingdom is part of a series of joint activities between the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Ministry of Social Development to develop alternative services for institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities within the framework of a ten-year plan.

 

The delegation will visit a number of governmental, voluntary and private institutionalization centers, as well as institutions that provide inclusive services to persons with disabilities in the Kingdom, to examine the status of the services provided by these institutions.

 

At the beginning of this year, a delegation from the Kingdom participated in a practical visit to examine alternative community services for institutionalized care in the United Kingdom. These services support and enable children and adults with disabilities and their families, and they include day centers, inclusive education programs in schools, home care programs and short break programs.

 

Lumos is an international non-governmental, non-profit British organization that works on developing alternative services to institutionalization of children around the world by 2050 and aims to replace them with family and community services.