The two sides discussed opportunities for collaboration in identifying and developing the talents of people with special needs in education and vocational training.
The delegation headed by Dr. Ibrahim Sidawi, Director of ADU’s Dubai campus, offered insights into the university’s diverse portfolio of locally and internationally accredited bachelor, master and doctoral programmes.
Wafa Hamad Bin Sulaiman, Director of Welfare and Rehabilitation for People of Determination Department at the Ministry, reiterated the need to customise facilities and services at universities to be user-friendly for 'People of Determination' (formerly known as people with special needs), in order to grant them easy access and facilitate their efficient integration into society.
Bin Sulaiman pointed out that this corresponds with international standards and the recently launched "National Strategy for Empowering People with Disabilities".
The meeting concluded with both parties reiterating their commitment to ensuring the integration and engagement of people of determination, while utilising their potential as effective members of their respective communities. As part of this continued focus, a concerted effort will be made to highlight ADU’s academic programmes at centres specialised in empowering people of determination. In addition, both sides will jointly work towards launching research projects, academic events and scientific conferences that underline the importance of empowering 'People of Determination' through improving the services and programmes provided to them.
The ADU and Ministry of Community Development also recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to design postgraduate diploma programmes specialised in autism and early engagement for Emirati teachers dedicated to working in related education that caters to this special category.