The Reality of People of Determination in Abu Dhabi 

Abu Dhabi is home to around 20,000 People of Determination (POD ), both nationals and residents. Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and specific learning disorders are among the most common disabilities in the emirate. POD also faces a number of challenges resulting from physical, communication, attitudinal , and organizational barriers that exist in society.  Among these challenges are the lack of comprehensive and integrated educational, social and health care systems, which hinders the access of POD and their families to quality services that meet their individual and varied needs at reasonable prices.

When it comes to education, students of determination lack equal and fair opportunities to access quality inclusive education in mainstream schools with comprehensive support system including an enabling school and classroom environment, qualified school personnel, support services ,awareness , accredited alternative educational pathways and curricula including vocational and technical qualifications that ensure the availability of options and alternatives that meet different needs and mechanisms and standards to support students’ transition through different educational levels and systems.

As for employment, POD have limited access to employment opportunities in an open work  environment due to a number of factors: employers have insufficient incentives and support to hire POD and retain them, shortage of quality vocational education, training and rehabilitation opportunities and program during pre and post work placement to enhance POD skills and readiness to transition to work as well the lack of comprehensive inclusive employment policy with enforcement mechanism and clear roles and responsibilities among relevant entities .

POD also face barriers when it comes to community participation in public life such as arts, culture, reaction, sports and volunteering as a result of lack of an accessible environment including built environment, transportations, housing, products, programs, services and information.

Additionally, People of Determination and their families incur exorbitant costs as a result of disability, which doesn’t meet the requirements of their standard of living and quality of life.

The Role of People of Determination

The Strategy emphasizes the principle of leadership, Participation and representation of POD in line with principle of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities “Nothing for us without us” and therefore POD are represented and have active participation in each of the strategy taskforces as individuals as well as associations that represent POD.

POD_Vision

Vision

An inclusive and empowering community for People of Determination

POD_Mission

Mission

To support People of Determination and their families. With the help of both the private and the third sector, the strategy aims to provide an integrated system for high-quality services that enable effective participation of People of Determination in society

POD_Strategic Objectives

Strategic Objectives

  • Create a community that is enabling and empowering for People of Determination
  • Activate and enable the role of People of Determination and their families by integrating them into the community
  • Create an environment that provides People of Determination with life-long access to rights, services and opportunities
  • Ensure that they receive high-quality services based on benchmarks set by the government, private and third sector
  • Develop a sustainable community structure based on available data and statistics

Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination

10 Feb 2021
Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination 2020-2024

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