Mansour bin Mohammed chairs 3rd meeting to protect rights of disabled

DUBAI: The Supreme Committee to Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has held its third meeting to discuss progress on updates on the law to protect the rights of people with disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai.

The law, which was issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, U.A.E. Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, aims to transform Dubai into a city that offers good quality of life and equal opportunities for people with disabilities by 2020.

During the meeting, the committee discussed initiatives related to the implementation of the law through services and facilities to benefit people with disabilities.

Members of the committee also discussed updates on the eligibility criteria for Sanad, a smartcard designed for people with special needs, was launched by the Community Development Authority.

The smartcard, which will also eventually link to the cardholder s health insurance, is intended for people with disabilities, helping locals, residents and visitors alike gain access to the provided services and facilities in Dubai. It is also used to allow the government to collect accurate data on the numbers and types of disabilities that exist in the city.

Members also reviewed plans for cooperation with the U.S. based Association of University Centres on Disabilities regarding gaining access to their research centres and exploring new ways to develop services provided for people with disabilities.

Other topics of discussion included plans to conduct an analysis on the current state of Dubai s disabled-friendly infrastructure and ways of improving transportation and mobility for people with special needs.