YEREVAN, October 16. / ARKA /. Girls in Armenia with disabilities are more likely to be sent to institutionalized establishments by their parents than boys, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Armenian Office of UNICEF.
These findings were unveiled today by Marry Poghosyan, coordinator of UNICEF education programs, who said that the overall ratio of disabled girls and boys in the country is about 2:1, while in children's homes this figure is almost equal - 5.5:4.5.
The study called “The availability of education, health and social protection services in Armenia to children with disabilities” has also revealed that the country has 8,000 children with disabilities, who make up 1% of the total number of all children.
According to Mary Poghosyan, the study has found that boys in children homes are visited more often by their family members than girls. It also found that boys are more likely not to have friends (19%) than girls (12%).
In total, according to the study, 12% of children with disabilities have no friends, while children with intellectual and other problems are the most lonely - about one in five children (20%) with similar problems has no friends.
The study embraced 5,707 children, 5,322 of whom were under family care and 385 were in institutionalized establishments. -0-