Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

UAE Constitution released in braille for the first time

Move has been made as part of country's mission to become more inclusive

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department launched the UAE's first ever constitution written in Braille format on Thursday. Courtesy Wam
Abu Dhabi Judicial Department launched the UAE's first ever constitution written in Braille format on Thursday. Courtesy Wam

The UAE Constitution has been published in braille for the first time - in the latest step in the country's ongoing mission to become more inclusive.

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department launched the document in braille format at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

The forward-thinking initiative ensures that people with visual impairments have full knowledge of the rights and freedoms afforded to them in the country.

The Constitution, which was permanently adopted in 1996, boasts 152 articles which establish the rights of UAE citizens and explain the political structures of the country.

"In keeping with the directives of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and chairman of the ADJD, the department seeks to promote legal awareness among all segments of society and ensure adherence to the principles of supremacy of law," said Chancellor Yosuf Alabri, ADJD Undersecretary.

The move came as the UAE marked Arab Deaf Week, in which the country has sought to champion efforts to open up access to services to all people.

Sharjah Museums Authority - which oversees the emirate's network of culture spots - has helped employees to master sign language as part of an ongoing initiative to improve its accessibility.

As well as encouraging workers to learn sign language, museums in Sharjah also employ people with hearing impairments in an effort to create a more diverse workforce.

As part of the effort to foster a more inclusive environment, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization hosted a series of presentations using sign language during an event on Monday.

Campaigners are urging UAE residents to learn basic sign language to help improve the lives of deaf people living in the country.

They also called on the authorities and telecoms providers to make visual communication easier, including lifting the ban on Skype and other free communication services.

The region is marking Arab Deaf Week, which this year promotes the message that “recruiting deaf people is a community responsibility”.

Updated: April 26, 2019 10:14 AM

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