APA hosts delegation from Bulgaria to discuss disability issues

Staff from Bulgaria’s Psychological Center for Research met with APA staff to explore avenues for future collaboration, especially in addressing disability issues and mental health.

Ivan Karagyozov (left) presents recognition awards to Anju Khubchandani, Director of APA’s Disability Issues Office (center), and Merry Bullock, Senior Director of APA’s Office of International Affairs (right)In mid-April, APA met with staff from Bulgaria’s Psychological Center for Research to discuss the status of mental health issues in Bulgaria, particularly regarding disability legislation and public education.

Ivan Karagyozov, Adriana Stoymenova and Ralica Yorgova of the Psychological Center for Research met with Merry Bullock, senior director of the APA Office of International Affairs, and Anju Khubchandani, director of the APA Disability Issues Office, to explore avenues for future collaboration and to discuss APA’s role in disability issues.

The center, representing differently abled children, youth and adults, participates in the development and implementation of policies supporting social integration of people with special abilities. Bulgaria has not yet made significant progress in establishing national policies on disability reform, which has slowed efforts to advance disability issues and work toward improving the health and well-being of persons with disabilities in the region.

Staff from the Psychological Center for Research visits Washington, D.C. annually to meet with policymakers and international organizations in order to build partnerships and gain traction in mobilizing the Bulgarian government to more effectively address issues in disability and mental health. Additional information on the center’s activities is available on the Psychological Center for Research website.