Community Development Authority, Desert Group sign agreement to empower people with disabilities

Published March 18th, 2010 - 12:04 GMT

In line with its objective to strengthen all cross-sections of the community, the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding with the Desert Group. The initiative comes as part of a policy framework developed by CDA to develop the skills of people with disabilities and their inclusion in the vocational sector.

As per the agreement, CDA will provide the Desert Group with information resulting from researches on the employment of people with disabilities, and Desert Group will continuously explore possibilities to employ people with disabilities. Desert Group will also provide CDA with the necessary reports on the jobs provided.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Mr Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of CDA, and Mr Nasser Talib, CEO of the Desert Group, at a ceremony held at Desert group’s headquarters.

“The agreement with 'Desert Group' is in line with CDA’s commitment to implement international standards in supporting people with disabilities and follows a special policy to guarantee the best ways to empower them and benefit from their inherent potential,” said His Excellency Mr Al Kamda.

“CDA strives to create opportunities for young people with disabilities to work, which contributes to empowering them to participate in social life, develop their personal skills and use their abilities to overcome the challenges they face,” added Al Kamda.

“Desert Group is a socially responsible company, we have always believed that society’s wellbeing is one of our main priorities, inclusion of the special needs within workforce is a challenge we took and we succeeded in with the objective of showcasing the project for all sectors to follow, we believe that our alliance with CDA vast experience and its current tremendous efforts will add on to this ongoing success” Said Mr. Ali Ibrahim Badi; Member of Board of Directors, Administration & Marketing Manager

CDA will nominate individuals with disabilities and send their resumes to receive the necessary training with the Desert Group, which will train them for administrative and simple professional occupations.

Desert Group said it will allocate AED70, 000 each to five Emiratis with disabilities to assist in their marriage costs provided they continue working in any company for one year, obtain good performance evaluation and agree to marry at a group wedding to be organized by the Desert group.
Desert group will also employ the expertise of CDA in the assessment of the quality of its employment programs.

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