Visually impaired woman joins ministry as trainer

DUBAI — In an unprecedented gesture by the Ministry of Education, a visually-impaired woman was early last week recruited as trainer in the Department of Special Needs.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Sat 3 Nov 2007, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:34 AM

Mona Mohammed Al Hamady, who suffers from visual weakness, will teach people with special needs.

Dr. Aisha Al Jalahmah, Director of Programmes for People with Special Needs, said Al Hamady had been initially entrusted with the job giving lessons in history, but because of her severe visual weakness, she was unable to use the computer, or reading and writing with special visual aids.

Dr. Al Jalahmah said Al Hamady’s appointment is part of the ministry’s efforts to integrate people with special needs into the mainstream.

Meanwhile, Al Hamady exhibited great optimism over her appointment. Since joining the Emirates University more than 15 years ago she had been aspiring to specialise in some subjects, but the university was not able to help her in her pursuit of specialisation due to her visual impairment, she said. As a result, she enrolled in a university in Cairo to pursue her Master’s degree in UAE history.

She added that the opportunity to work in the Ministry of Education has come through voluntary participation in the activities of the Emirates Association for Caring of Blind.

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