CDA honours El Kayt supporters

DUBAI - The Community Development Authority (CDA) honoured various organisations for supporting the El Kayt programme, an initiative for empowering people with disabilities at the workplace. The ceremony was held at the Grand Hyatt, on Sunday.

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Published: Wed 15 Dec 2010, 12:46 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:55 PM

The event coincided with the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’, marking the need for acceptance and understanding issues surrounding disabilities. “CDA seeks to achieve equality for individuals with disabilities with the support and cooperation with our partners, who do outstanding work,” said Khaled Al Kamda, Director General of the CDA in Dubai.

A short documentary where many individuals with disabilities spoke about their ambitions was screened on the occasion. Mohamed Gamaeldin, Ismail Abdulla and Khalifa Al Amiri, are currently employed by Emirates Catering and the Desert Group, two of the largest partners in the CDA’s El Kayt programme.

The partners and sponsors were presented with ceremonial models of ‘el kayt’ (a local term for a small lifeboat attached to a ship), signifying the role disabled people can play in society if given the right opportunity.

The Elkayt programme ensures that people with disabilities are placed in jobs they are best suited for, including individual assessments, assistance in preparing résumés, and soft-skill training. —

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