HE Mr. Khalid Al Kamda, Director General, CDA; Dr. Abdullah Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor at the British University in Dubai; Dr. Eman Gaad, Director of Disability Services at CDA; and Martin Prince, Registrar British University in Dubai
His Excellency Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai, honoured the partners and sponsors of disability programmes related to the Social Care Sector at a ceremony held recently in Grand Hyatt Dubai.
The initiative was in line with CDA's commitment to implement the vision of the leadership and the Government of Dubai to strengthen unity, solidarity and development by upholding the rights of all segments of society.
The ceremony coincides with the celebration of 'International Day of Persons with Disabilities', which aims to enhance the understanding of issues around disabilities and emphasis on the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
In his opening speech, Mr Al Kamda praised the efforts, contributions and vital role of the strategic partners in the empowerment of people with disabilities, and hoped to continue the partnership, the results of which reflect positively on all sections of the society.
"Being one of the countries committed to the principles of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UAE is keen to promote understanding on the issue of disability and achieve equality for individuals with disabilities. CDA seeks to achieve that in cooperation with our partners, who do outstanding work," said Al Kamda.
Al Kamda highlighted the rights of people with disabilities and the need for them to enjoy equal opportunities, and to link it to the development process. This is one of CDA's strategic priorities, and in turn will contribute to the emirate's vision for the development of the various segments of society.
"CDA will continue to work with UAE government and private institutions to launch initiatives that aim at empowering people with disabilities, and spread awareness of this subject that guarantee their integration with the mainstream society," added Al Kamda.
The ceremony included a short film prepared by the Community Development Authority highlighting the aspirations and dreams of a group of individuals with disabilities.
CDA has launched the Elkayt programme, which includes several services and procedures to assist in the easy enrollment of people with disabilities in the workforce. These include the assessment of applicants according to the type of disability, assistance in preparing the resume, access to a special adviser, training on how to perform job duties, professional guidance and advice, and special consulting services with employers on hiring people with disabilities.