Sharjah hosts an international conference on “Quality of Life for People with Disabilities”

Sharjah hosts an international conference on “Quality of Life for People with Disabilities”
Sharjah hosts an international conference on “Quality of Life for People with Disabilities”

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, in cooperation with the Hashemite University of Jordan, will organize on March 8 and 9, 2022 the International Digital Scientific Conference “Quality of Life for People with Severe and Multiple Disabilities”.

Sheikha Jamila bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Director-General of the city, stressed that the quality of life of people with disabilities in general and those with severe and multiple disabilities in particular is given great attention, whatever the means to achieve this, and she hopes that this conference will be a distinguished step on the right path.

She said that the conference aims to raise awareness of the latest developments and medical, scientific, practical, educational and rehabilitation practices for people with severe and multiple disabilities and to shed light on the most important issues and rights related to them, as well as providing new knowledge, exchanging distinctive experiences and proposing solutions to some issues and challenges, which contributes to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Severe and multiple and their families.

She added that the city, in organizing the conference, stems from its vision, mission and strategic objectives, which include following standards of excellence, quality and efficiency, adopting the foundations of equality and diversity, producing knowledge locally and internationally, and its orientation to employ best practices for the benefit of people with disabilities and society as a whole.

She stressed that the basic rights of inclusion, education, full participation, decision-making and self-determination are taken for granted for people with disabilities, but their realization on the ground for people with severe and multiple disabilities faces many challenges all over the world, with different degrees. The challenges related to diagnosis, interventions and employing assistive technologies continue in the digital age, which can be described as old problems with new challenges.

Sheikha Jamila Al Qasimi explained that definitions of multiple disabilities usually refer to the simultaneous presence of two or more disabilities, such as mental and visual, or intellectual and motor disabilities, a combination that causes severe educational needs that cannot be met in special education programs directed at each disability separately.

The conference is divided into 6 axes, the first of which is “medical treatment”, the second is “educational rehabilitation”, and the third is related to family counseling. As for the fourth, it includes “the rights and laws of people with disabilities,” the fifth “supportive technologies for people with severe and multiple disabilities,” and finally the sixth “controversial issues and recent trends.”

The prevalence of multiple disabilities is estimated at 1-2 out of 1000, according to the Comprehensive Guide to Disability Terms in its second edition, issued in 2017, by the Executive Office of the Council of Ministers of Labor and the Council of Ministers of Social Affairs in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The prevalence of severe intellectual disability is estimated to be 6 per 1,000, according to the fifth Diagnostic Statistical Manual issued in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association.

It is noteworthy that the number of people with severe and multiple disabilities who were served by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services during the academic year 2020-2021 only is 95 people. (wam)

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