UAE's determined stand over people of determination

The country has been taking giant strides in matters of inclusion — whether it is via legislation, in the education sector, at the workplace, or simply at doing away with an eco-system that is prejudiced

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Published: Mon 27 Feb 2023, 9:42 PM

Over time, the world has been progressively sensitised to those with disabilities. If you remember, there used to be a time when they were put into a bucket called “handicapped”. ‘Differently-abled’ took centrestage because ‘disabled’ couldn’t factor in their immense worth and achievements. In April 2017, the term ‘People of Determination’ was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as part of his national strategy for empowering people with disabilities. Talking about why he thought ‘disability’ was misnomer, he said “Disability is in fact the inability to make progress and achievements. The achievements that people of determination have made in various spheres over the past years are proof that determination and strong will can do the impossible and encourage people to counter challenges and difficult circumstances while firmly achieving their goals.”

The UAE has been taking giant strides in matters of inclusion — whether it is via legislation, in the education sector, at the workplace, or simply at doing away with an eco-system that is prejudiced. It is in line with the country’s vision to achieve social inclusion that Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination and Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, has introduced its first Sensory Nook, which is housed within the theme park.


Khaleej Times reported that the sensory unit “is designed to offer children on the autism spectrum a safe and calm space accustomed to their needs and wellbeing inside a crowded area… It is equipped with the latest sensory technology and aims to support the treatment and rehabilitation of these children. The Sensory Nook includes LED colour spectrum lighting, soothing UV lights, Bluetooth sounds and enhanced fiber optic tails to ensure optimal relaxation and calmness for the child. The Nook also features translucent curtains and a user-friendly application that can be integrated to control the ambiance of the room and adapt to the child’s preferences.”

And then, a few days ago, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a group of more than 50 children of determination took part in a customised tennis clinic put on by the CF Tennis Academy. It was an exercise aimed to create a fun and enjoyable experience for the kids — plus imbibe a sense of inclusion. Needless to say, the children had a wonderful time, besides getting an opportunity to interact with tennis stars such as Desirae Krawczyk who noted “It was great to see everyone out here and see tennis being such an inclusive sport.”




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