His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the BOD of Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs, stated that the Society continues its efforts to care and empower people with disabilities, and works to provide them with the greatest possible amount of care, empowerment and independence, in order to achieve the highest degree of social inclusion.

His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al Thani stated: The society’s four centers (educational – rehabilitative for girls – cultural, social – and rehabilitative for boys) provide training programs for a variety of people with mental disabilities, autism, Down syndrome, and a number of dual and multiple disabilities, as we take into account when providing these programs the constant development in line with the requirements of the members and their different abilities, in addition to the various rehabilitation training programs, which witness continuous development and updating in accordance with developments occurring in the field of special education locally, regionally and globally. These centers are keen to provide rehabilitation and professional development for members of the age groups older than fifteen, and it is worth noting that vocational rehabilitation programs are offered for girls and others for boys.

His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khaled Al Thani added: The society provides medical and prosthetic tools and devices for people with physical mobility disabilities and auditory and visual disabilities. The recommendations of the society’s BOD also confirmed the rapid provision of devices and tools for members, while providing electronic devices for students with disabilities to enable them to continue education on a par with their peers who are studying in the state education. The society is keen to hold special events for persons with disabilities, the most recent of which was participation in the “White Cane March” held on Lusail, in coordination with the brothers at Qatari Cultural Center for Blind.

Members of the society’s centers participated in it, under the slogan (My Cane Illuminates My Path), which ensures the achievement of social integration for all disability groups in our society, and contributes to expressing their abilities and talents in all available ways and means, in addition to learning how blind people use the white cane in different life situations.

His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al Thani, Vice Chairman of the BOD of Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs added: The society is one of the leading institutions in empowering and supporting deaf people by working to spread sign language in society. In this regard, the society printed dictionaries for sign language, and provided many courses and workshops for employees in various sectors and institutions in the country to provide comprehensive and easy access for the deaf, as he appreciated the efforts of those who communicate with the society’s experts to train their employees on the skills of dealing with sign language, and of the entities whose employees were trained on sign language skills during World Sign Language Day this year are Doha Municipality, the Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ihsan), and Al-Hidaya School for People with Special Needs, and other entities, which facilitates communication for deaf people and their easy access to services when they visit ministries and institutions, in addition to more courses and workshops are currently being offered in other locations.

Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al Thani confirmed that the society is interested in providing psychological care to its members, providing counselling and guidance programs and psychological sessions and seeking the assistance of the most prominent experts in this field in the country, and that the society keeps in mind the importance of achieving the highest level of mental health not only for its members who are persons with disabilities but also for their caretakers. The society also works to raise awareness and educate the community, publish everything new in the field of disability on the society’s official website, and “Al-Hayat” magazine, a quarterly magazine concerned with persons with disabilities, their caretakers, and workers in the field, in addition to various media publications, and supporting youth initiatives that serve people with disabilities and contributes to improving their living conditions. Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani Al Thani stressed the continuation of the society and its centers in empowering and caring for persons with disabilities and their families and providing all means to achieve independence, self-reliance, and comprehensive and permanent social inclusion that we all hope for.