Vice President announces UAE plan for empowering disabled
DUBAI // A national strategy for empowering people with disabilities was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Tuesday.
The six-part policy announced by the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai involves health and rehabilitation, education, employment, mobility, social protection and family empowerment, and public life and sports.
Sheikh Mohammed said the National Policy for Empowering People with Disabilities is aimed at creating an inclusive society for those with special needs and their families.
An advisory board for people with disabilities has been set up and employees dedicated to improving services will be appointed to “every service-related organisation”, reported Wam.
“Disability is, in fact, the inability to make progress and achievements,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“The achievements that people of determination have made in various spheres over the past years are proof that determination and strong will can do the impossible and encourage people to counter challenges and difficult circumstances while firmly achieving their goals.”
The announcement came during Sheikh Mohammed’s visit to the Ministry of Community Development.
Also at the visit were Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Najla Al Awar, Minister of Community Development.
They were joined by Khalifa Suleiman, director general of the Dubai Department of Protocol and Hospitality.
Last year, Dubai announced its aim to be one of the world’s most disabled-friendly cities by 2020, preparing new standards for buildings, parks, hospitals, infrastructure and transport.