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UAE to sign UN on right of persons with disabilities in March 2007

posted on 28/12/2006: 1235 views

The UAE will sign the Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities in March 2007, announced Maryam Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs.

She revealed that students with hearing impairments will the first to be included in public schools. 'As of next academic year, deaf and dumb students will be integrated into government schools for the first time in the country, ' she said while speaking at a symposium about the federal law no (29) for 2006 on the rights of people with special needs issued by President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Centres of the education, she added, will offer training, rehabilitation and special care to cases with acute disabilities. 'Higher technical committees will be set up to enforce the law,' she said.

The UAE federal law was based on the principles of the international convention which was passed by the UN General Assembly on its 61st session on December 13,2006.

As the UN document, the UAE version guarantees all legal educational, cultural and sports rights of these groups. It provides them with the fertile environment to innovate and work. Al Roumi disclosed that early intervention units would be deployed in all centres for children with disabilities. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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