[size=36]People with special needs in Iraq ... government neglect and individual initiatives[/size]
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People with special needs in Iraq are suffering from neglect by the authorities and lack of free educational institutions to ensure their education, forcing many parents to enroll their children in private schools, most of them burdened by the difficult socio-economic conditions in the country.
Salim Khalid, a retired teacher living in Baghdad's Mansour district, said he had to register his son, Dureid, who had a hearing problem at a deaf and dumb institute for a large sum of money because of Iraqi authorities' neglect of children with dysfunction in their bodies, "He is forced to pay 500 thousand Iraqi dinars per month (equivalent to 400 dollars) to the Institute, and to the car line that reached his son to him, while his pension is only 400 thousand Iraqi dinars (equivalent to 350 dollars).
"This led him to work until late at night, despite his old age, in order to pay for his son's studies," he said.
"We hear a lot of statements made by politicians about the granting of grants and subsidies for people with special needs, but none of them apply on the ground, but it does not exceed the period of electoral propaganda," noting that he reviewed the care of disabled people of the Ministry of Labor, Only promises that have not been made.
Samira Dawood, an employee of the Ministry of Commerce, complained about the government's negligence towards children with special needs, noting that she "had five children, including two people with special needs."
"My son suffers from problems and mental disorders and lack of understanding, which led me to enroll them in a special school to develop the abilities of people with special needs in the Karrada district of Baghdad," she said.
The lack of interest of successive governments with special needs prompted some people to undertake individual initiatives to compensate them for their senses and the health they had lost. This is what happened with the Rami Institute for Special Needs in Baghdad, which was opened by a merchant from his own money. He came with teachers to develop the abilities of his son, who suffers from physical problems, said the teacher Rawa Farouk.
Farouk stressed that over time the institute has attracted students from all over Baghdad in exchange for money, part of which is paid to the staff of the Institute.
Many private schools and schools have been opened by individual initiatives and are costly to many families who have to pay for their children's care, but at the same time provide suitable places to compensate children with disabilities for some of their disability.