Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mar 13 19, 1:09 pm

Duterte orders suspension of importation of rice

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of the importation of rice in the country. He gave the order to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. William Dar during a press conference late Tuesday evening saying that the suspension would help local farmers...

One Ayala – a one-stop shop for every OFW’s needs

DUBAI: Ayala Group of Companies will be conducting road shows across the UAE to roll out a unified program meant to take its services for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the next level by way of a one-stop shop encompassing everything from real property to...

Health chief supports vaping ban

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he is supporting the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban vaping or e-cigarettes. "I fully support the President's decision to ban this but again I think it would be prudent to wait until the EO (Executive Order) is...

Five year jail time, deportation for human trafficking ring

A criminal court in Ajman sentenced three Asian men and a woman to five years in prison and ordered their deportation after they were convicted of human trafficking. The four, aged between 32 and 48 years, were found guilty of locking up six Asian girls and forcing...

UAE leads MENA region in disability support – study

by | Feature

Mar. 13, 19 | 1:09 pm

Gulf countries are paving the way for a more receptive work environment for People of Determination with intellectual disabilities, according to a study on regional disabilities perception commissioned by the Local Organising Committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in partnership with Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa office.

The study titled ‘Regional Perceptions and Determined Aspirations’, which was conducted by Nielsen Holdings plc across eight countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and Egypt, found that the UAE government is leading the disability support in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The study, which aims to provide an “understanding of the regional public perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities and an understanding of the lives, aspirations and challenges of people with intellectual disabilities themselves” found that there was a high awareness of government disability initiatives in the UAE compared to other social aspects like divorce and unemployment.

Seventy-six percent out of 678 respondents (total number of respondents) in the UAE were aware of the government initiatives towards disability, while 73 percent out of 516 respondents said that the UAE government was “highly involved in disability.”

The coverage and sample size of the study included: UAE, 678 interviews, 8 in-depth interviews; KSA, 505 interviews, 6 in-depth interviews; Kuwait, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Oman, 410 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Bahrain, 404 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Jordan, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Morocco, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews and Egypt, 1,038 interviews, 8 in-depth interviews.

Nielsen, the global measurement and data analytics company, has undertaken the study in the first and second quarter of 2018.

Nielsen said that one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population experience some form of disability. “Globally, between two and three percent of the global population has an intellectual disability, which translates to as many as 200 million people,” it said, noting that data from the MENA region is “scarce.”

The study further stated, “There are indications that the incidence rate is much higher” for reasons such as consanguineous marriages (marriage between close relatives), weak access to and availability of quality health services in some countries and parts within the MENA region, according to 2005 World Bank report on disabilities.

It is imperative to have policies to integrate people with intellectual disabilities into all aspects of life and society, the study emphasised, adding, “this would benefit not only the individual but also the community.”

This is the first comprehensive regional baseline set towards understanding the perceptions towards people with intellectual disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa region, the study added.

Top Findings:

1. Sentiments towards people with intellectual disabilities are largely positive through the community’s empathy, but this does not translate into action. The study categorised the findings in Family and General Public, saying that the lack of acceptance and unsupportive behaviour was less pronounced across expatriate Asian families.

“A higher proportion of the community feels that a person with an intellectual disability should be allowed to marry and have kids in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” the study said.

The study has laid out action points which are “educate healthcare professionals, promote inclusive community activities and educate the general public about intellectual disability.”

2. A need to broaden community horizons on the potential opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities away from a “special education system.”

The study has recommended the following: enable education and workplace environment to be more inclusive, create supportive communities for parents and caretakers of people with intellectual disabilities, provide reliable/sponsored information sources to caretakers.

3. There is an opportunity for empowering people with intellectual disabilities to improve interpersonal skills and ability to handle difficult situations, the study pointed out, it also recommended the provision of development programmes for people with intellectual disabilities.

4. The study said that formal education is stronger in Gulf countries, however, a gap exists in non-Gulf countries in terms of education infrastructure. It has recommended revamping the educational system to accommodate students of varying abilities. It has also laid emphases on training all education professionals, a need to improve specialised schools and considering education financial support.

5. One of the findings said that Gulf countries are paving the way for a more receptive work environment for people with intellectual disabilities. The study recommended raising awareness of benefits for hiring people with intellectual disabilities in the professional organisations; for example, creating employer incentive programme to those who hire them.

6. Health facilities are not seen as a major obstacle, according to the study, however, “there is still room for improvement especially in Gulf countries.”

Investing in specialised healthcare professionals or programmes, provision of the holistic healthcare system for people with intellectual disabilities and considering healthcare financial aid/insurance have been suggested as action points.

7. The study affirmed that inclusion in sports is supported in theory, but in reality “it is usually limited in and only within the intellectual disability community.” It has recommended “changing mindsets about the power of sport, expanding Special Olympics Unified Sports and Unified Champion Schools Programme.”

8. Sports are associated not only with social inclusion, but also with physical well-being and the enhancement of self-esteem, one of the findings read. It suggested encouraging sports inclusion at an early age, creating a database of opportunities available in schools and communities and coach training and development.

9. There is an opportunity to improve various facilities in the community, which, according to findings, would encourage further inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. It has recommended expansion of specialised counters/windows across different facilities, which would be an introduction of regulations and guidelines on infrastructure for people with intellectual disabilities.

10. The study pointed out that social media and gamification have been identified as platforms to connect and engage with people with intellectual disabilities. It has recommended exploring social media as a platform for inclusion, and identifying opportunities for “gaming for inclusion and empowerment.”

Jobs

Latest News

Duterte orders suspension of importation of rice

Duterte orders suspension of importation of rice

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of the importation of rice in the country. He gave the order to the Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. William Dar during a press conference late Tuesday evening saying that the suspension would help local farmers...

Ambassador Quintana graces TFT awardee’s art exhibit

Ambassador Quintana graces TFT awardee’s art exhibit

DUBAI: Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana recently graced an art exhibit organized by Tom Alvarado, 2015 The Filipino Times Awards Entertainer of the Year, an event which also served as a platform for 13 aspiring artists. The event, done in partnership with The...

One Ayala – a one-stop shop for every OFW’s needs

One Ayala – a one-stop shop for every OFW’s needs

DUBAI: Ayala Group of Companies will be conducting road shows across the UAE to roll out a unified program meant to take its services for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the next level by way of a one-stop shop encompassing everything from real property to...

LOOK: Meet PH’s first two transwomen cabin crew

LOOK: Meet PH’s first two transwomen cabin crew

The Philippines now has its first two Filipina transwomen onboard as flight attendants. They are Mikee Sicat Vitug and Jess Labares who are now working as flight attendants of Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific airline. Vitug, in her Facebook post, shared her journey...

Marcelito Pomoy to sing at America’s Got Talent: The Champions

Marcelito Pomoy to sing at America’s Got Talent: The Champions

Pilipinas Got Talent season 2 winner Marcelito Pomoy is planning to join the popular talent show, “America's Got Talent.” Pomoy announced that he will be part of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which will be aired on NBC starting January 6 next year. “Guys,...

Health chief supports vaping ban

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he is supporting the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban vaping or e-cigarettes. "I fully support the President's decision to ban this but again I think it would be prudent to wait until the EO (Executive Order) is...

Five year jail time, deportation for human trafficking ring

A criminal court in Ajman sentenced three Asian men and a woman to five years in prison and ordered their deportation after they were convicted of human trafficking. The four, aged between 32 and 48 years, were found guilty of locking up six Asian girls and forcing...

Win Gatchalian, Bianca Manalo celebrate first anniversary

Beauty queen and actress Bianca Manalo has confirmed her relationship with Senator Win Gatchalian. Manalo shared a photo of her on Tuesday together with Gatchalian in an Instagram post. “Imagine being loved the way you love,” Manalo wrote. Some celebrities also...

China diagnoses third case of bubonic plague

A third case of bubonic plague was confirmed in China, leading to the quarantine of 28 people in Inner Magnolia. A hunter was diagnosed with the plague in less than a month, since two cases were recorded. According to the state-run news agency Xinhua, the unidentified...

Recent posts

We listed over 1,000,000 jobs from United Arab Emirates monthly.

Accomodation option available in the market.

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 2.5 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 2.5 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

© 2019 The Filipino Times. All rights reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

More in Feature
VIRAL: 80-year Lola Sally goes to school
Published On  March 13, 2019
Cancer survivor goes home for good
Published On  March 13, 2019
Ross Marquand, Katie Cassidy, Mike Colter, other international stars to headline MEFCC 2019
Published On  March 13, 2019
Close