Research and Studies
In Palestine, the main social organ in civil society concerned with disability issues (which includes both physical disabilities and learning difficulties) is the Palestine Union for the Disabled, with its headquarters in Ramallah and branches in each of the major centres of population. Having said that, two problems are immediately apparent. Firstly, there is the lack of resources – with access especially to more adequate financial resources; the Union could immediately accomplish a lot more than it actually does. Secondly, there is the problem of how society itself views disability: there is a lack of awareness - too much ignorance and not enough interest - concerning the problems of disabled people and how society views and treats them.
The disabled in Palestinian society, according to the statistics published by Palestinian Statistic Central Office, the registered disabilities with different types is 3% of the Palestinian society, this means in numbers about 120.000 persons are suffering the disability. We should add to the number the severely retarded cases and it's estimated at 70.000 cases, plus other disabilities that are not recorded with any involved institutions.
This group of people, and their families are marginalized for many reasons, and they need any type of guidance to How, Where, What, Who, and When , these are some questions related to the daily life of disabled persons and their families.
We intended to answer many questions starting with this WH questions, for this we discovered that we should go down to the roots, what is available, at present, for the families and their children? What are their actual needs? How they see their disabled children, in what content? How, what is their relation with bodies that serve this group?