Article 3 of the Federal Law No. 29 of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People with Disabilities, as amended with federal law No.14 of 2009 (the law) provides: The UAE guarantees people of determination (people with disabilities) the equality and non-discrimination between them and people without disabilities in all legislations as well as economic and social development programmes and policies.
Ministry of Community Development has launched the Harmonization of Disabled Persons initiative to integrate them into the society. It issues the 'Atheer' card; holders of which are entitled to a variety of services and privileges in the areas of health and housing. They are exempt from fees on vehicle-related services and also get discount on mobile data package.
Ministry of Interior's Centers for the rehabilitation and employment for people with special needs, offer training, rehabilitation and employment opportunities with the aim of integrating people of determination into the society.
Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) works as an umbrella for all humanitarian bodies, social services, orphanages, special needs institutions and any future bodies established in Abu Dhabi for such goals.
In Al Ain, the municipality provides mobile unit service. Through this service, the elderly and people of determination can request for a customer service representative to visit them at their premises and process their service requests.
Community Development Authority in Dubai issues Sanad card to Emiratis and expatriate residents of determination. Holders of the Sanad card are entitled to special services and privileges.
View a list of government and private centres for people of determination in the UAE. (Available only in Arabic language.)
For more information about rehabilitation for people of determination, refer to below links:
The following associations provide special programmes for people of determination ones: