18,000 dis­abil­ity files re­viewed

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: The Pub­lic Au­thor­ity of the Dis­abled Af­fairs (PADA) has re­viewed up to 18,000 files, out of to­tal 50,000, of reg­is­tered per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, said Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Shafiqa Al-Awadhi on Sun­day.

Re­view­ing the files of the reg­is­tered dis­abled is reg­u­larly con­ducted ev­ery three years, in line with the law, Awadhi told the press af­ter a meet­ing for PADA with nu­mer­ous of­fi­cials from other pub­lic ben­e­fit so­ci­eties, on sev­eral is­sues and com­plaints re­lated of the dis­abled. She noted that the meet­ing had taken note of view­points, com­plaints, and ob­ser­va­tions, as well as the con­cerns by other or­ga­ni­za­tions on the top­ics re­lated to the dis­abled.

Par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing were of­fered a com­pre­hen­sive ac­count of the dis­able­drelated is­sues, and full an­swers were pro­vided on is­sues re­lated to the re­assess­ment of their port­fo­lios. Such reeval­u­a­tions will not cause any trou­ble to work­ers with dis­abil­i­ties, but on the con­trary, the process will help them ob­tain their rights in any case. Mean­while, Deputy PADA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for Ed­u­ca­tional and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vices, Ma­jid Al-Saleh, de­scribed yes­ter­day’s dis­cus­sions as ‘fruit­ful’ and ‘very pos­i­tive’. He added that new com­mit­tees would soon be formed to re­view ad­di­tional fees that might be added to Spe­cial Needs schools in the fu­ture. They will com­prise mem­bers from other pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In 2010, Kuwait is­sued Law No. 8/2010 on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties to form a pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tion for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. The law was based on stan­dards adopted by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) in defin­ing dis­abil­ity, and in con­form­ity with the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties. —KUNA

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