NICARAGUA BRIEF HISTORY
Nicaragua is a country with stark contrasts between the beauty of the land and the extreme poverty of its people. Its history has been mired in natural disasters, diseases, dictatorships, and civil war. Nicaragua signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 that guarantees free public education through primary school (6th grade). However, the Nicaraguan government has not implemented it for Deaf/Hard of Hearing children. Nearly half of the population is living under the poverty line and just one-third of the population is literate in the official language of Spanish. Yet, the spirit and hospitality of the Nicaraguan people are more powerful than one of the volcanic eruptions.