Abu Dhabi, UAE: Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Honorary President of the Future Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi, ABILITIESme, the Middle East’s leading disabilities support platform, returns in 2015 to the UAE capital in its second edition, to further raise awareness and boost empowerment of people with special needs in the country and the region.
Commenting on the event, and ensuring his presence to inaugurate the 2015 ABILITIESme Show, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan said: “One of our society’s key challenges is to transform its views towards people with disabilities from stereotyped “disabled individuals” to “individuals with their own abilities”, and this is why I support ABILITIESme.”
“For the second year, ABILITIESme embodies the spirit of an all-inclusive society, recognizing disabled people’s right to be different and to live their life in a way which meets their particular needs without prejudice.
Our support goes hand in hand with the UAE Government’s unlimited dedication to recognize everyone’s equal rights and to facilitate full enjoyment of this right through their inclusion and participation in building a better community”, added His Excellency.
Following its first edition’s success earlier in 2014 in introducing the Middle East community to the latest developments in mobility solutions, independent living solutions and assistive rehabilitation, ABILITIESme is heavily supported and endorsed by local governmental bodies to include the Ministry of Education, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), ADFCA (Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority), ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre), Abu Dhabi Media as the official Media Partner and Etihad Airways, in addition to healthcare organizations including HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi), local regulatory entities including Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO) and The Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA), as well as leading national players including Bin Hendi, AMT (Arabian Millennium Medical Trading) and Leader Healthcare, in a joint effort to support and sustain people with special needs and elderly around the globe as well as avail the latest technology and solutions for them.
ABILITIESme 2015 will feature, in addition to its multilayered exhibition and conference, the 2nd Skills Challenge, a UAE-wide competition for individuals with special needs, an initiative launched by the Future Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi and who will be a partner for this second edition. The Skills Challenge, which will include a variety of activities, such as henna design, flower arrangement and painting, aims to boost the confidence in youth and showcase their talents and abilities. Furthermore, the show will feature TalkTools®innovative, a training course with a tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy, using therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production and health posture for healthy body in collaboration with Chinesport.
ABILITIESme in its second edition is organized and managed by dmgevents, and will be held from March 24 – 26, 2015 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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