Dr. Hank Bersani 

January 2012 - Hank Bersani, professor of Special Education, participated in an international forum on disability issues in Doha, Qatar, and toured the Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs. The center was established at the behest of Her Highness Skiekah Moza bint Nasser, wife of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, to provide comprehensive services to children with disabilities. Periodically the first lady sponsors international forums on important issues relating to disability. This year’s forum gathered more than a dozen First Spouses from Asia, Africa, and Europe as well as leading emergency relief officials, and representatives of local, regional and global disability organizations.  All told more than 250 delegates from over 50 countries attended this year’s Forum, making it one of the most diverse and successful Forum’s to date. Bersani was among those invited to participate. Forum sessions reviewed the United Nations Charter on the Rights of People with Disabilities and issues facing people with disabilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. Under the patronage of Her Highness, invitees met for three days and had a day of cultural experiences in Doha. Much of the forum was directly relevant to Bersani's work in Vietnam with Forgotten People Foundation. He previously visited Doha when invited to the third International Forum on Sport and Disability. Doha and Qatar have been in the news recently, including a segment on 60 Minutes. Doha is home of Al Jazeera Radio and recently agreed to host political headquarters of the Taliban.


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Hank Bersani Jr. Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
Western Oregon University

345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth OR 97361
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