Mr. Amer Makarem, the International Contact for the Asian Blind Union was recently interviewed by Human Rights Watch regarding the impact of COVID 19 in Lebanon. He said that online classes and lessons are generally not accessible for students with visual disabilities. Some teachers are sending lessons on WhatsApp, sometimes as image files that are not accessible, he said.
Under both Lebanese and international law, all children should have access to a quality education without discrimination. The government should recognize the disproportionate impact school closures have on children with disabilities and engage in continuous social and policy discussion with educators and organizations of people with disabilities to assess needs and agree on education measures for students with various types of disabilities. Read more
This post was written by Terry Mutuku