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Dr. Al-Rammah confirms that Saudi Araba follows a national strategy for people with special needs, citing 23 initiatives
Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development of the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia Dr. Tamador bint Yousef Al-Rammah has confirmed that the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia follows a national strategy for people with
disabilities, including 23 initiatives designed to serve them and take
care of them, which forges a national program to diagnose and classify
the phenomenon of disability in addition to a national record including
unified data and statistics.
In a speech she delivered at the UN headquarters in New York before
the eleventh conference for the Parties of the Convention for the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities, Al-Rammah said the Kingdom has put an
initiative to enhance early intervention and expansion in the merger
program of public education schools, provision of vocational training
and applying the comprehensive access program.
This year, the Saudi authorities established a special commission to
undertake the affairs the people with special needs as an umbrella and
reference body to put the regulations, legislations and special policies
pertaining them and its implements the plans and upgrades awareness of
their cause and provides consultancy, Al-Rammah said.
She gave an account on the history of the Kingdom's care of this
important social segment, citing the 2000 rule, the 2008 accession to
the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
She confirmed that the three-pillar Kingdom Vision 2030 has stated
that the people with special needs would be enabled to obtain
appropriate job opportunities, including special education and
facilitation of the way to success.
Dr. Tamador said the ministry supervises as many as 38 homes
sponsoring persons from this social segment from different parts of the
Kingdom, 44 specialized associations, and 347 day care centers.
Concluding her speech, the Deputy Minister said the Saudi national
transformation program 2020 has allocated a special goal to enable the
people with special needs to merge in the labor market.