Mohammed bin Zayed calls on research centres to lend more attention to programmes dealing with persons with disabilities

WAM Abu Dhabi, 28 Nov. 2012 (WAM) — His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, called today on higher education institutions to lend more attention to programmes and specializations that produce well-qualified professionals to take care of persons with special needs.

Sheikh Mohammed highlighted, during a visit to the Abu Dhabi Centre for Autism and Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation and Care Center for People with Special Needs, two affiliations of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO), the vital role of national centres in early detection of genetic-related diseases and disorders and the need for introducing advanced technological devices to early diagnose and examine these disorders.

The latest technology, he added, would enable specialists to take necessary medical and curative measures to prevent prevalence of genetic disorders that cause disabilities and chronic diseases.

Sheikh Mohamed also stressed the importance of conducting specialized research and studies, sharing information, and of establishing national data bases on persons with disabilities so as to keep abreast of latest developments in the field and to raise awareness about issues concerning persons with disabilities.

He affirmed that delivery of care and support to the people with special needs is not confined to family and rehabilitation centres, rather it is a joint national and community-driven responsibility that needs mobilization of all community forces and organizations, be government and non government, to provide support for rehabilitation programmes and generate equal job opportunities to this group.

At the Abu Dhabi Centre for Autism, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Aysha Al Mansouri, Director of the Centre, on the packages of specialized services and latest educational, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and training strategies provided to 43 students with autism spectrum disorder.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi then proceeded to the Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation and Care Centre for People with Special Needs which is taking care of 800 students. He stopped at the early intervention unit, which provides a range of services to 150 disabled persons, the life skills room and workshops.


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