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 partial deficiency or infirmity in his physical, sensory, mental, communication, educational or psychological abilities to an extent that limits his possibility of performing the ordinary requirements as people without special needs.
Protection from abuse
The UAE Cabinet approved a People of Determination Protection from Abuse Policy aiming at protecting the people with special needs from abuse while empowering them, their families and their co-workers to deal with cases of abuse.
The Government condemns all forms of abuse and neglect of people of determination. Abuse and neglects involves depriving people of determination of their basic right to care, rehabilitation, medical care, recreation or community integration. It also condemns using such people to get material profits and not spend on them.
- The Cabinet Approves a Policy to Protect People of Determination from Abuse – UAE Cabinet
- UAE Cabinet approves policy to protect ‘People of Determination’ – WAM
Social assistance for people of determination
According to Federal Law No. 2 of 2001, people of determination (citizens with special needs as known before) are entitled to receive monthly assistance subject to terms as per the existing laws.