Family responses towards the social inclusion of children with developmental disabilities in the United Arab Emirates

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Authors: Ashencaen Crabtree, S.

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all?content=10.1080/09687590601056618

Journal: Disability and Society

Volume: 22

Pages: 49-62

ISSN: 0968-7599

DOI: 10.1080/09687590601056618

This paper focuses on findings from a qualitative study of care-giving Arab Muslim families of children with developmental disabilities in the United Arab Emirates. The perceptions of mothers in relation to family acceptance and social inclusion issues are explored. Parental views of existing provision are also considered with regard to existing services for children with special needs in the region. Findings indicate that, in common with other Middle Eastern countries, social stigma is prevalent and this impacts upon the disabled child as well as the mother. However, this is in turn ameliorated by the influences of religion, which constitute an example of family resilience, in addition to the strides made in social development in this region.

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