People with disabilities in the UAE will soon receive identification cards that allow them access to privileged facilities and services in the country.
This was revealed by H E Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid during her speech at the recent World Disability Summit in the UK.
“People of determination will soon receive identification cards that enable them to benefit from dedicated services and facilities. The system is about to undergo alignment with the recently adopted National Classification of People of Determination, based on global best practices, which includes diagnostic criteria and service eligibility and comprises 11 categories,” she said at the event.
Addressing a session on ‘Disability and Non-abandonment: Diverse Experiences and Common Goals’, H E Hessa said that the UAE government believes in the importance of using the latest global advancements to empower people with disabilities.
“Since its inception, the country has supported equal rights for people with disabilities and continues to participate in the global movement to empower them on the educational, economic and social fronts.
“The UAE has acceded to and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Its commitment to the Convention is clearly reflected in its laws, ministerial decisions and national policies. Specifically, Federal Law No 29 of 2006, concerning the rights of persons with disabilities, outlines a wide range of rights of people with special needs and defines the obligations of ministries, institutions and other government bodies towards this important segment of society. Also relevant is Federal Law No 3 of 2016 on child rights as it guarantees the rights of children, including those with disabilities, and provides additional measures to protect children with special needs,” she said.
The UAE launched the ‘National Policy to Empower People of Determination’ in April last year to help empower people with disabilities and enables them to play an important part in the country’s development.
She said: “To send a positive message to society, the UAE has renamed this policy from ‘persons with disabilities’ to ‘people of determination’ as an indication of their strong motivation to contribute, create and achieve, and face the challenges of life with a positive spirit.”