Many developing countries commit limited resources to supporting children & adults with special needs, due to cultural preconceptions.
The efforts to support those with special needs, whether blind, physically or mentally disabled, or those with learning difficulties, are typically small scale community projects who receive little or no state funding.
Volunteers provide invaluable support to such projects, whether providing professional help delivering therapies, teaching to those outside the school system, or providing improved caring capacity where it is needed most.
Volunteers seeking experience in working with special needs are hugely valuable, providing support and compassion to the local clients and staff.
Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech & language therapists, teachers trained in dealing with hearing impairments or the blind, or experienced in supporting those with disabilities are valued for the capacity they bring and the transfer of skills.