Algeria – Law No 02 09

Law n° 02-09 of 25 Safar 1423 corresponding to May 8, 2002 relates to the protection and promotion of disabled people. The protection and promotion of people with disabilities aim to: detect disability early, to prevent it and its complications; to provide specialized care, functional re-education and rehabilitation; to ensure the equipment, accessories and technical aids necessary for the disabled; to provide compulsory education and vocational training for disabled children and adolescents; to ensure the integration of people with disabilities at the social and professional levels; guarantee a minimum income; create the conditions enabling disabled people to participate in economic and social life; to encourage the associative movement of humanitarian and social character, in matters of protection and promotion of the handicapped.

Bahrain – Law No.74 of 2006

According to the article 1 of the law, a disabled person is a person who suffers from a lack of some of his physical, sensory, or mental abilities as a result of illness, accident, a congenital cause or a genetic factor that has caused him to be totally or partially unable to work, or to continue or be promoted in it, and weakened his ability to perform one of the other basic functions in Life, and needs care and rehabilitation in order to integrate it or reintegrate it into society. Also, comprehensive rehabilitation is defined as an organized and continuous process based on scientific principles, which aims to take advantage of the capabilities available to the disabled, and direct and develop them through comprehensive rehabilitation programs, ensuring the achievement of the highest level of performance capabilities, in order to help it integrate into society.

Iraq – Law 38

Iraq acceded in 2013 to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Government of Iraq has an obligation to make sure that persons with disabilities are given the same opportunities to participate in the political, social, cultural and economic life of their communities and the country, on an equal footing with all other Iraqis to ensure they are able to enjoy the same standards of equality, rights and dignity as everyone else.

Jordan – Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, No 20-2017

The law is groundbreaking in that it is one of the first national disability laws to protect the right to legal capacity – the right to make decisions about one’s own life, in line with the international disability rights treaty. The law states that a person with a disability, or the legal guardian of a child with a disability, must freely consent to “every action, procedure, or legal measure to be taken regarding their rights or freedoms after being notified, in a way that he/she understands the content, results, and impacts thereof.”

Law220 2000 Lebanon Prepared by the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU)

Lebanon – Law 2020 (Arabic)

In May 2000, the Lebanese Parliament approved a new legislation, Law No. 220, which secures the basic rights for the disabled. According to the Law disabled people have right to employment. A penalty is also set in the article for companies that do not employ disabled persons. Law No. 220 recognizes also the right of disabled children to education. Law 220 mirrors this principle in requiring the best interest of the learner when it comes to inclusive versus special education.

Lebanon – Law 2020 (English)

In May 2000, the Lebanese Parliament approved a new legislation, Law No. 220, which secures the basic rights for the disabled. According to the Law disabled people have right to employment. A penalty is also set in the article for companies that do not employ disabled persons. Law No. 220 recognizes also the right of disabled children to education. Law 220 mirrors this principle in requiring the best interest of the learner when it comes to inclusive versus special education.

Saudi Arabia Disability Law

The state guaranties the right of the disabled in protection, care and rehabilitation services, and encourages the institutions and individuals in contributing in charity work in the disability domain, and offers them services through specialized parties in the following domains: health, educational and pedagogic, training and rehabilitation, work opportunities, cultural and sports, advertisement and complementary services (transportation, day and home care, assistive devices) while insuring an accessible environment. The high council for the disabled shall create an fund to achieve these goals.

Sudan – National Disabilities Act

This law is called the Sudan national disability act for year 2009. The concerned authorities shall enforce all the rights that are listed in the transitory constitution of the republic of Sudan for year 2005, and the treaties related to persons with disabilities that Sudan is part of. The concerned authorities shall enforce the rights, privileges, facilities and exemptions for people with disabilities. A national council for the disabled shall be created. To meet the goal of this law, a national fund for the disabled shall be created. The public administration for the disabled at the ministry takes responsibility in monitoring the disabled affairs and carries out the burdens of the general secretariat of the council.

United Arab Emirates – The Rights of People with Special Needs

This law aims to guarantee the rights of the person with special needs and to provide all the services within the bounds of his abilities and capacities. The special needs may not be a reason to hinder the person with special needs from obtaining such rights and services especially in the field of welfare and social, economic, health, educational, professional, cultural and promotional services. The state guarantees for the person with special needs the equality with people without special needs and non-discrimination due to special needs in all the legislations. It also guarantees to observe the same in all the policies and programs of economic and social development, and to take the appropriate procedures to prohibit the discrimination based on the special needs.