The authors of this report worked primarily as synthesizers of a vast amount of information generated by other people. First of all, we thank the several thousand former and current Peace Corps Volunteers who have served in developing countries in projects to improve the quality of life for millions of disabled people. Their contributions over the past twenty years of Peace Corps history are the basis for this report.
Secondly, we thank the hundreds of Peace Corps staff who have helped create the opportunities and provide the support for the large number of volunteers.
Several hundred Peace Corps Volunteers, in-country staff, and Washington staff contributed directly to compiling this report. They responded to surveys, submitted to interviews, and gave us the benefit of their experience and opinions. This help was essential and invaluable.
Finally, we thank Margot Aronson, ICE Director, Denise Conley, Associate Health Specialist, OPTC, and Susan Hewes, Technical Information Specialist, ICE, for their excellent guidance, their constructive criticism, and above all for their commitment to making the Peace Corps even more effective in meeting the basic human needs of disabled persons throughout the world. We hope this report will assist in that effort.
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