Chal­lenges re­main for dis­abled rights, ex­pert says

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The UAE faces sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards dis­abled peo­ple, a lead­ing aca­demic said.

Prof Eman Gaad from The British Univer­sity in Dubai said more work was needed to en­sure so­ci­ety ac­cepts peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion on equal terms.

Prof Gaad was speak­ing at the launch of a new book chron­i­cling the city’s drive to im­prove dis­abled ac­cess this week.

Build­ing the In­clu­sive City, by Vic­tor Pineda, pro­vides a road map for other cities want­ing to pro­vide bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple of de­ter­mi­na­tion. “Dubai has al­ways been an in­clu­sive city but when it came to dis­abil­ity we needed to do some work,” Prof Gaad said.

“I am glad to see we have the right poli­cies in place when it comes to phys­i­cal ac­ces­si­bil­ity. The chal­lenge now is to avoid try­ing to be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and do­ing some­one a favour be­cause they are dis­abled.

“It is about ac­cept­ing they are equal and have the same rights as any­one else.”

Prof Gaad’s com­ments came days af­ter UAE au­thor­i­ties launched a na­tion­wide cam­paign to in­crease sup­port for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The drive, part of the legacy of the Spe­cial Olympic Games held in Abu Dhabi in March, in­cludes a pro­posal to be put be­fore the coun­try’s Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil guar­an­tee­ing dis­abled peo­ple the right to work in the Emi­rates.

Mr Pineda, whose book fo­cused on the years 2007 to 2013, said he was grate­ful for the as­sis­tance of the Mo­hammed bin Rashid School of Gov­ern­ment in Dubai.

“This book doc­u­ments how a trans­for­ma­tion took place here [in Dubai],” the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley lec­turer said.

“Now, the book can act as a guide for other cities that want to fol­low in Dubai’s foot­steps in be­com­ing ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.”

Avoid try­ing to be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and do­ing some­one a favour be­cause they are dis­abled PROF EMAN GAAD The British Univer­sity in Dubai

An­tonie Robert­son / The Na­tional

Vic­tor Pineda at the launch of his book chron­i­cling dis­abled ac­cess in Dubai

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