UAE paper hails RTA plan for people with special needs

ABU DHABI, 17th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has drawn up a proposal to meet the necessities of residents with special needs, highlighting its efforts to cater for this crucial segment of society, according to a UAE daily.

“People with special needs are entitled to the same rights and equal opportunities as other human beings and society must live up to this responsibility to ensure this,” said Gulf News in its editorial today.

The UAE has a fair number of citizens with special needs, an estimated 13,000 in total, and efforts must be made to ensure that any handicaps like physical and social barriers, which hamper their full participation in society, must be erased.

If addressed effectively it puts the country among the elite nations in the world which have put obligatory checks and balances in place to validate that such individuals are not segregated and demeaned. In fact, services offered to those with special needs must constantly be supervised and upgraded. To do this, any issues they face must be looked at in a stronger fashion.

“Authorities must bear the responsibility of awakening a social consciousness on the gains that can be derived by exhibiting a more inclusive approach across a broad platform. This philosophy should be at the fulcrum of every development plan,” concluded the Dubai-based English Language daily.