WFD President Colin Allen (Left) speaks with president of the LFD Hussein Ismail. (The Daily Star/Pernille Solheim)
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Ahead of Lebanon's parliamentary elections in May, members of the deaf community are demanding their rights in a country where deaf people are in a particularly disadvantageous position. The Lebanese government is among 18 United Nations members that have yet to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, commonly known as the CRPD. While no official figures exist as to the number of deaf people in Lebanon today, applying international statistics to the country suggests that as many as 13,000 people likely are hearing impaired.In his appeal Tuesday, Allen, who hails from Australia, caught the audience's attention with some shocking numbers. According to him, out of the estimated 70 million deaf people worldwide, 80 percent have no access to any form of education and only 3 percent have access to education in sign language.
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