Armenian Relief Society Launches Study of Childhood Disabilities

WATERTOWN–With a grant from the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability–The Armenian Relief Society–Inc. (ARS) will implement a nationwide study on early identification of childhood disabilities in Armenia.

The ARS–in collaboration with the Armenian Ministry of Health and UNICEF Armenia–announced that the landmark study would contribute significantly to the development of a national program on early identification of childhood disabilities and early intervention.

With an estimated ten percent of the world’s population suffering some form of a disability–the United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability directs special attention and support to innovative programs that promote greater awareness of disability issues and exchanges of knowledge and experience; build national capacities and institutional capabilities for integrated policies and programs in the disability field and for national disability legislation; improve data collection–applied research and evaluation; facilitate pilot efforts; and promote wide dissemination of appropriate disability technologies.

The ARS–with consultative status to ECOSOC–integrates the principles of "A World Fit for Children," the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the 2002-2005 UNICEF Medium Term Strategic Plan through its 2003 international program initiatives in maternal health–early childhood–primary education–HIV/AIDS–and gender equality–and empowerment of women.

A co-moderator on UNICEF’s Thematic Caucus on Child Disability Rights at the UN Special Session on Children–the ARS advocates the rights of all children and supports full participation and equalization of rights for persons with disabilities throughout the world.

Visit the ARS website for more information: www.ars1910.org

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