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Habib says that ac­cu­rate enough statis­tics on peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in Qatar are not avail­able. “A na­tional reg­istry will help pol­icy mak­ers and de­ci­sion­mak­ers de­sign the right kind of pro­grammes for peo­ple with di­a­bil­i­ties. For now we try to work with in­ter­na­tional es­ti­ma­tions and as­sume that 10-12% of the Qatari pop­u­la­tion might be suf­fer­ing from dis­abil­i­ties. But that's not the com­plete pic­ture. How do you de­fine dis­abil­ity? Is it a func­tional lim­i­ta­tion? A med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis? There has to be syn­ergy across sec­tors and a clear un­der­stand­ing of what qual­i­fies as dis­abil­ity. More im­por­tantly, one of the main is­sues is that many peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties are hid­den in the house­holds, par­tic­u­larly women, be­cause of so­cial and cul­tural rea­sons. They are seen as some­one to be ashamed of.” A panel dis­cus­sion in progress at the 'Def­i­nitely Able' con­fer­ence at MIA

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