The Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped (LWAH), has ever been advocating and working for the education of persons with special needs, and has thus launched the Achievers Scholarship Program in partnership with Phoenicia University (PU).
The Scholarship fund is targeted to benefit students with disabilities and special needs, as they suffer from extreme discrimination in Lebanon, with an almost total absence of all sorts of support in the areas of education, widely limiting their chances of a college degree, despite their ambition, qualifications and capabilities.
In fact, almost all regular schools are still not accessible for persons with special needs from an engineering or infrastructure viewpoint, and lacking on the level of information access and curriculum adaptation. The same is also true for vocational centers and most universities, including the most prestigious in the country.
Thus, often, disabled students are either left out of the educational system or enroll in non-licensed special education schools and fail to eventually integrate in regular schools where possible. However, with extensive awareness raising through civil society organizations, and compulsory education imposed by the Lebanese government, the problem is more apparent at university level, where students are more often than not discouraged from following through the system with little to no support.In 2018, and within the Achievers program, LWAH received funding for eight scholarships from Rehabilitation International's Global Disability Development Fund (RI's GDDF), under which seven students have been awarded full scholarships at PU, starting fall 2018 and through their university years until graduation.