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Disabilities: Central Asia
(1,910 words)

For decades, disability of almost any kind has been a taboo topic in public discourse in Central Asia. In this regard, the region does not differ from other parts of the world, and yet there seems to be a particularly strong legacy of silence about disabilities.

Reliable statistics are difficult to come by. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian republics have been following diverging paths with regard to their policies on the inclusion of disabled (or differently-abled) people. But this is not the only reason why f…

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Droeber, Julia, “Disabilities: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00374>
First published online: 2009

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