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Saudi Arabia develops 23 initiatives to serve, support people with disabilities





Saudi Arabia is preparing a national strategy featuring 23 initiatives for people with disabilities
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development will develop a national program for the diagnosis and classification of disabilities




Updated 13 June 2018

MOHAMMED AL-SULAMI & RASHID HASSAN


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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is preparing a national strategy featuring 23 initiatives for people with disabilities, in addition to developing a national program for the diagnosis and classification of disabilities and creating of a unified national registry and statistics database.
Tamader Al-Rammah, the deputy minister of labor and social development, told the 11th session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that the Kingdom has developed an initiative that promotes early intervention, expands the public schoolsxe2x80x99 integration program, provides professional training, and applies a comprehensive access program.
xe2x80x9cThis year, a commission for supporting persons with disabilities has been established to act as an umbrella and reference body for keeping track of laws, regulations and policies concerning persons with disabilities, in addition to leading the implementation of action plans, empowerment plans, raising awareness and providing support and counseling,xe2x80x9d she said.
Al-Rammah added that the Kingdom has implemented many measures to provide social protection for persons with disabilities and encourage their full integration in society and the job market.
xe2x80x9cIn 2000, the Disability Law was established to guarantee the rights of persons with disabilities, including protection, care and rehabilitation,xe2x80x9d she said. xe2x80x9cIn 2008, Saudi Arabia has acceded to the CRPD and its optional protocol.xe2x80x9d
She added that the Kingdomxe2x80x99s vision, with its three pillars: A vibrant society, a prosperous economy and an ambitious homeland, was keen to empower people with disabilities and provide them with suitable job opportunities, an education that guarantees their independence, and all the tools they need to help them succeed.
Al-Rammah explained that many institutions support the rights of persons with disabilities and offer help.
xe2x80x9cThe ministry supervises 38 centers for comprehensive rehabilitation across the Kingdom,xe2x80x9d she said, xe2x80x9cThere are also 44 specialized associations and 347 day-care centers to serve all age groups and disabilities.xe2x80x9d
She added that the King Salman Award for Disability Research was introduced to promote scientific research to address disabilities and reduce their impact.
Al-Rammah also pointed out that the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 aims to ensure the full integration of people with disabilities in the job market. This includes the establishment of the Mowaamah program, which aims to provide suitable work environments for disabled people, according to international standards, to support their economic independence and integration into society.

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