Dubai government guidebook advises on equal rights opportunities

Manual offers tips on national policy supporting people with disabilities in work

Mohammad Zeeshan uses an ATM - designed for people who use wheelchairs - at Tanfeeth’s office. Reem Mohammed / The National
Mohammad Zeeshan uses an ATM - designed for people who use wheelchairs - at Tanfeeth’s office. Reem Mohammed / The National

An eight-chapter manual that advises employers on how to hire more people with disabilities was issued on Saturday.

Dubai's Ministry of Community Development document outlines supportive policies to ensure people with disabilities have the same employment options as their peers - in line with a national policy to encourage more people with special needs into full-time work.

The manual encourages a positive working environment for all and equal opportunities throughout a career in both government and private institutions.

“The manual is implementing a number of policies and decisions that have a positive impact on the lives of people of determination in all fields,” said Wafa Hamda bin Sulaiman, director of welfare and rehabilitation department for people with disabilities.

“The manual explains many of the terms, procedures and systems that must be taken into account when employing people with disabilities.

“This helps all federal, government and private sectors implement the cabinet’s decision while employing people of determination.”

The document aims to educate people on their rights at the time of employment to encourage job growth and stability in a work environment.

It also states the need for parents of children with intellectual disabilities and developmental disorders to be involved in the employment process.

Parents should be informed of the employment mechanism and procedures that can give their children independence at work and support when needed.

There are 11 disability categories in the UAE's unified national disability classification.

Each outlines significant differences in the abilities of persons in these categories.

“Employing people of determination must be based on the belief of the foundation of their right to fill the same suitable positions as their peers,” said Ms Sulaiman.

Published: September 28, 2019 06:26 PM

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