Tunisia: First Regional Conference of Arab Deaf-and-Dumb Starts in Tunis

Tunis — Interim Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said, on Friday, that the government has started developing "a strategy for the protection of persons with disabilities," in association with the European Union.

Chairing the opening of the First Regional Conference of the Arab Deaf-and-Dumb held in Tunis from September 6-7, he said that this strategy includes several programmes, with the participation of the civil society and organisations operating in the promotion of people with disabilities.

Larayedh stressed that the implementation of this strategy requires the revision of the national legislative system and its compliance with international laws. These provisions should be enshrined in the new Constitution, he stressed.

Among the priorities of this strategy, he said, setting up five-year plans for the employment of national skills, the improvement of services in mentoring and training centres, in addition to the integration of the disabled in educational establishments.

The rate of people with disabilities in Tunisia reached 6%. Tunisia has 300 mentoring and training centres for the disabled and 143 buses made available for 17,000 students with disabilities.

A programme of hiring 500 disabled persons in the public service has been set up between 2012 and 2013," the PM added.

The First Regional Congress of the Arab Deaf-and-Dumb is held by the European Disability Forum, in partnership with the Arab Organisation of Disabled People.

The Conference includes five sessions focusing around the rights of the deaf-and-dumb in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, communication tools between the deaf, the education fields, the difficulties of integrating the deaf in society and the role of the deaf-and-dumb in media.

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