Middle East Feb 27, 2017
DUBAI: Children with disabilities fixed solar panels on the roofs of toy homes, used robots to mirror their movements, smart pens to connect to the internet and watched a 3D printer operate as part of a project to fuse technology with teaching.
About 150 children with disabilities will use an innovation centre launched on Thursday by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) at the Dubai Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled that aims to help them understand the changes taking place in the world, from sustainability to smart technology.
“We are trying to improve their level of understanding of services available outside. By adopting new tools, they will understand how to use technology,” said Khawla Al Mehairi, Dewa’s vice president for marketing and corporate communication.
“They are the prospective clients of government services and being engaged in these activities will help them learn and grow.”
The launch was attended by Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with disabilities, Najla bin Mohammed Al Awar, Cabinet Minister and Minister for Community Development, and Saeed Al Tayer, Dewa’s chief executive.
The Dewa team began working with teachers at the centre over the past year to understand what was needed.