ADNEC hosts ABILITIESme to demonstrate the commitment towards people with disabilities and special needs

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Published: Tue 27 Aug 2013, 6:30 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:56 AM

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is hosting ABILITIESme. The the event is seeking a greater inclusion and integration of people with disabilities and special needs into the mainstream society.

Held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Honorary President of the Future Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi, the event is organised by DMG events and scheduled to run from 24 – 26 March 2014.

ABILITIESme will engage governments, educators, social workers, policy makers, parents, psychologists, physicians, therapists, medical experts, healthcare specialists, technologists and people with various types of disabilities including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, limited motor or physical abilities.

Themed ‘Nurturing, Enabling and Empowering people with Disabilities, ABILITIESme will feature ministerial meetings, workshops, parenting programmes as well as academic and health laboratories. The conference will highlight six key topics related to education, health, accessibility, social inclusion, employment and policy development.

ABILITIESme has already garnered the support of key authorities and private corporations across the UAE including Zayed Higher Organisation, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Airport, Abu Dhabi Food Control, Dubai Community Development Authorities, Al Jalila Foundation, Autism Trust Foundation, Rashid Paediatric to name a few.

ABILITIESme also boasts the participation of foreign government officials from the UK, US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and India who have pledged to join this very important and exceptional disability policy gathering and social development forum.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Chief Commercial Officer at ADNEC, said: “In line with ADNEC’s commitment to hosting events that benefit the community and expand our portfolio, we are delighted to host ABILITIESme for the first time in the Middle East.

“The unique initiative will bring together the private and public sectors to empower the special needs community. Demonstrating ways to lead fulfilling lives to people with disabilities, the event will also raise awareness on the challenges that individuals with disabilities face. The event will additionally highlight the latest scientific developments to help people with disabilities and special needs better manage their condition. Additionally, ABILITIESme will provide a strategic platform that offers international perspective and regional expertise, while showcasing the latest innovative technologies to address a universal challenge.”

ABILITIESme will also help foster UAE students’ interest in these career paths while encouraging experts and specialists to join the local and regional efforts in achieving sustainable disability management solutions.

The event will showcase the latest products and services that include assistive technology, healthcare robotics, adaptive transportation, special needs educational products, rehabilitation and personal mobility equipment, advanced sports and leisure infrastructures, to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

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