Exhibition on technology for visual disability opens in Sharjah

Middle East, February 15 2011

Sharjah, Feb 15: Institutes across the country participated on Monday in the first Exhibition and Conference of Visual Disability Technologies, in order to facilitate the integration of visually impaired people into mainstream schools and jobs.

The exhibition, which was launched at Expo Centre Sharjah, runs until February 16 and is held under the patronage of Mariam Al Roomy, Minister of Social Affairs.

“This exhibition is bringing together all the institutes that cater to the visually impaired, and its purpose is to help blind students to be able to complete their studies in normal schools and universities,” said Ahmad Hassan Al Mulla, community relations manager at Tamkeen Centre in Dubai.

He pointed out that the technology displayed at the exhibition is from all over the world and not only focuses on studying, but on employing visually impaired people in jobs, and also how to do the job easy and well. We focus on bringing all the technology here.

There are over 40 institutions and companies participating at the three-day exhibition. We want to make it an integrated system for everybody.

The conference aims to address the problems encountered by people with visual disabilities in general, as well as to exchange experience and expertise with the intention of developing the lives of visually impaired.

“The principle of equal opportunities and equality was the strongest motivator behind [this event] so that we can build a direct relationship with institutions and individuals who are interested in building a direct relationship with the developments in the world of visual technology,” said Shaikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah-based Emirates Association of Blind.

He also added that the conference intends to find appropriate ways to monitor the economic and social constraints that affect the lives of the visually disabled, in addition to encouraging institutions and public entities, such as the department of roads and traffic, to consider them in the agenda of their general strategies.

Source: http://gulfnews.com

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