What is Universal Design?

OVERVIEW WITHIN THIS PAGE Overview Description Application Emerging Issues Additional Resources Accessibility laws like the Architectural Barriers Act (1968), Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Fair Housing Act Amendments (1988), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) establish minimum requirements that protect people with disabilities from discrimination in the built environment. Ron …

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Who are people of determination in the UAE?

Under the National Policy for Empowering People with Special Needs, people with special needs or disabilities will be referred to as ‘people of determination’ to recognise their achievements in different fields. As explained on the Abu Dhabi portal, the law defines a person with special needs as someone suffering from a temporary or permanent, full or …

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The rights of people of determination in the UAE

Provision under the law Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Disabilities, as amended with federal law No. 14 of 2009 (the law) protects the rights of people of determination and guarantees them the right to live with dignity. Discrimination is defined as any segregation, exclusion or restriction due to special needs …

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How the UAE is creating inclusive education for people of determination

The UAE has made tangible efforts to include people of determination in mainstream education. These efforts are reflected in the Ministerial Resolution No. 647 for the year 2020 on the policy of inclusive education (PDF in Arabic, 500 KB), which directs government schools to adapt themselves to cater to the needs of people of determination and provide …

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What is corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the UAE?

What is corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the contribution of a company to the community’s development through the provision of cash and or goods and services for the implementation of economic, social and environmental projects and developmental programmes of a country. CSR UAE Fund CSR UAE Fund is a federal authority setting …

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Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law on the Rights of People of Determination in Dubai

In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Law No. (3) of 2022 on the rights of People of Determination (people with disabilities) in the Emirate of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime …

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Improving the elevator experience for people of determination

Price Maccarthy tells us about her experience of using elevators in the Middle East and suggests ways the experience can be improved for people of determination When I walk into any office building as a visually impaired person, my first instinct is always to find the nearest elevator should I have to make a trip …

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5 ways employers can support disabled employees working from home

Working from home has become the new normal in 2021. This has potential to provide numerous exceptional benefits for the disabled community who have traditionally faced physical barriers to entering the employment market. Working from home offers the unprecedented opportunity to reduce the disability employment gap in a number of industry sectors and offer employers …

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7 ways to make your restaurant or cafe more welcoming for disabled customers

As many traditional ways of city life goes online from communicating to working, we all hope that venues where people can socialize in person continue to thrive. Members of the disabled community, many of whom benefit from the opportunities that working from home offers, depend on the real life interaction of meeting families and friends. …

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4 things that hinder accessibility in schools and universities

Providing equal access to education opportunities is a central component of much government policy with aim of providing fair and equal access to education and subsequent employment opportunities. For many disabled students however, the physical design, arrangement and obstacles offered by the education system, and often its buildings, can cause unfair discrimination to those wishing …

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