On March 29, 1993, King Hussein signed the Law for the Care of the Handicapped, a major step toward securing the rights of disabled persons and including them in the labor force. The law guarantees each disabled person the right to work, prohibits the refusal of medical insurance because of disability and ensures the right of disabled persons to pursue education at all levels. To counter the financial burden often incurred by families, the law provides a government stipend to needy parents of disabled persons. The law also stipulates that the Ministry of Labor is responsible for providing suitable vocational courses to the disabled, and it exempts organizations that care for the disabledfrom property taxes.
In addition, the main goal of Jordan’s health strategy has been to provide adequate health coverage to all. In order to meet the objective of providing "health for all by the year 2000," the government developed a health strategy, which aimed at developing a comprehensive health system, including the services of the private sector, to ensure preventative, tertiary and rehabilitative care for all. To best accomplish this, government policy has deftly encouraged geographical complementarities in services by encouraging private sector facilities in the urban areas for those able to afford higher costs, while concentrating public sector facilities in the relatively less-affluent non-urban areas. Like its policy of favoring spending on basic education over higher education, Jordan’s public health spending has concentrated on primary health care in all parts of the country, while leaving tertiary health care mostly to the private sector.
Disabled persons are no exception to this policy, and Jordan has made substantial progress toward incorporating them into the labor force. The Ministry of Social Development coordinates activities concerning the care and rehabilitation of the disabled with numerous governmental, voluntary and private institutions.
As a natural outgrowth of the Latin Patriarchate outreach to the local community and in addition to its network of 25 schools operating in various cities, towns and villages in Jordan. It is the aim of the Patriarchate to extend its programs to include a pilot rehabilitation center to serve the growing and needy populous of handicapped children and adults in the Aqaba area.
The Our Lady of Peace center that is established in Amman Marj El-Hamam has been in operations since the year 2003 and currently serves in house rehabilitation center providing for 120-150 those who require institutionalization and will provide day services through its clinics, therapy centers, and vocational training and outreach programs.
Our Lady of peace is a holistic center and serve as a community rehabilitation center aimed at providing the handicapped with medical, educational, social, cultural and vocational training assistance that eventually will help integrate this community with particular needs into the society and more important provide a service that is lacking in terms of quantity and quality.
The Latin Patriarchate has defined a need for such services IN Jordan based on the scarcity of such specialized centers in a the area as well as an extension of list pastoral and community services in Amman that is endorsed and supported by the ministry of social welfare especially after the recognized serviced of OLPC in the Amman area for the past ten years.
The center also serve 50-70 Syrian refugee families in addition to provide after noon school to close to 120 Syrian refugee children