DUBAI // Researchers in the field of disabilities will be offered a grant of up to Dh500,000 by the Emirates Foundation.
Sabha al Shamsi, senior executive advisor to the education programme at Emirates Foundation, said the grant was part of an effort to raise awareness and increase visibility of people with disabilities.
"We are looking for organisations and professionals who are interested in finding out more about the different disabilities in the society and addressing them," she said.
The foundation will offer either Dh500,000 for a two-year research project, or Dh200,000 for a one-year research project, preferably for research in the field of promoting the inclusion of disabled people in mainstream society.
Extra attention will be given to research that promotes independent living, improve services, decrease discrimination and increase access to education and employment for those with disabilities in the UAE.
"We are also interested in projects that look at hidden disabilities in the classroom that teachers do not identify,” said Ms al Shamsi. “More research needs to be done in identifying these students and working towards integration."
Any licensed organisation, school, academic institution, health centre or research professional working on projects in this field can apply for the grant at www.emiratesfoundation.ae until February 28, 2011.