The Qatari Cultural Center for the Blind participated in the 18th annual interdisciplinary international conference of the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University in cooperation with the Doha Family Institute entitled “The Family in the Gulf Region: Continuity and Change”.

Where the Center presented a working paper on: “Families who are Coexisting with Special Needs Individuals in Qatar”, presented by Mr. Faisal Al-Kooheji, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center, during which the legislative and institutional efforts in the State of Qatar in the field of supporting persons with disabilities and their families were highlighted, and the importance of the family in promoting the personality and development of children, whether they are persons with disabilities or others, and the policies and legislation that the State of Qatar believed in, which lies in the role of persons with disabilities in the development of society. Among those legislations are the guarantees guaranteed by the legislator to persons with disabilities and the guarantees guaranteed by the legislator to families with persons with disabilities.

He pointed out that the State of Qatar is a pioneer in the field of establishing institutions that serve people with disabilities, as there are a large number of non-profit institutions that aim to rehabilitate special needs individuals and their families, including the Qatari Cultural Center for the Blind, which is the first of its kind in the country and aims to achieve several things, including introducing the blind, occupying their free time, overcoming the obstacles they face, strengthening their humanitarian ties, and coordinating with centers, bodies and associations with similar activity at the regional and international levels.

One of the most important recommendations that came out of the working paper is to provide support with part of the salary, for example, by the government for persons with disabilities working in the private sector and granting some privileges to companies that employ people with disabilities, and despite the fact that the Social Insurance Law provides the right for a mother who has children with disabilities to resign and retire early, the executive regulations of the law have not yet been issued, which determines the mechanism and conditions for retirement.