Thursday, March 24, 2005

Jordan Wins FDR International Disability Award

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The World Committee on Disability and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute honored Jordan with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award in a ceremony at United Nations Headquarters, to be the 1st Arab country to win this award.
The award recognizes outstanding action in support of the United Nations World Program of Action Concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.

A National Organization on Disability (NOD) statement said the award “acknowledges Jordan's exemplary efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities in their country, as called for by the UN World Program of Action Concerning Disabled Persons.”

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[The opening ceremony for the first Pan Arab Games for the Disabled, held in Amman.]

According to the statement, Jordan was one of the first Middle Eastern countries to enact disability-specific legislation and introduce building codes aimed at accessibility.

Source: Jordan Times