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Dr Hanif Hassan, Vice President of Zayed University, said: "The university will be represented in the three-day conference by members of the College of Family and the Centre for Family and Community Research & Development."
He said that this is in line with the university's policy of cooperation with social authorities and other establishments in different fields. "This embodies the university's cultural and scientific role in the society," he said.
Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University, urged the university to serve the needs of the society and enhance development and progress in the social sector.
The University had earlier signed an agreement with the Health Department and Medical Services and Dubai Handicapped Club to form scientific committee, arrange workshops associated with the Scientific Congress, maintain a database associated with the contributors and their papers, and liaise with the speakers and develop the necessary documentation required to support the Scientific Congress.
The Scientific Congress will have papers, presentations, and workshops that address the creation of a knowledge base that will contribute towards effective policies and practices.
"Such an event means hearing directly from people with disabilities and their families, learning from people and organisations that provide services to people with disabilities, understanding the contributions of science and research, and encouraging the involvement of policy makers," Dr Hanif said.
Dr Errol Cocks, Professor in the College of Family Sciences and Chair of the Scientific Committee, said that the committee consists of seven people Dr Dan Crocco, Dr Sandra Willis, Dr Alan Russell (Professors in the College), Mariam Al Balooshi, Zayed University graduate, Dr Steve Lydiatt (College of Education), and Dr Mahshid Salehi, Director of Dubai Handicapped Centre.
The Congress will consist of three workshops, five keynote presentations, a panel discussion, 27 papers and one symposium.
The workshop will focus on: 'Recruiting, placing, and supporting people with disabilities in mainstream employment', 'Training in the System of Classification of Disability', and 'Meaning Community Participation for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders'.
Speakers at the workshops have enormous experience in their respective fields. These include: Sue Robertson-Managing Director of Edge Employment Solutions in Perth, Australia, and Dr Gregory Lewis-Executive Director, in the same company, and Dr Gary Mesibov, Director of Teach Division-University of North Carolina, USA.
The Congress will have speakers from many countries including Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, KSA, USA, France, India, Australia, South Africa, UK, Germany, and Finland in addition to the UN and the OECD.
Zayed University is also organising the students’ capstone projects on disability issues. The university's College of Family Sciences is also organising a photography competition for the students in this occasion.
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