Knowledge Hub

11 OCTOBER 2023

Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services for People with Disabilities must be prioritized to enable them to optimize their functioning, minimise the cost of access and live the same stress-free and comfortable life as anyone else. As the health and rehabilitation needs of People with Disabilities increase, society must take a more holistic approach to ensure these needs are met and a long-term strategy is put in place to meet future challenges. Key topics our expert speakers will cover during these sessions include:

  • Is rehabilitation a key means to promote longer working lives and delay the need for care for
    disabled people and the elderly?
  • What have been the long-lasting impacts of the pandemic on rehabilitation needs and
  • Does the multidisciplinary nature of rehabilitation need a transversal platform for the exchange
    of good practices and for promoting a holistic view of rehabilitation as a pillar of social security?
  • Should rehabilitation cover all medical, occupational, and social measures that serve People
    with Disabilities to gain an appropriate place in occupational and economic life and society?
  • How does rehabilitation enable people with physical or mental disabilities to overcome barriers
    to accessing the right opportunities and help them return to employment?
  • Is improving community-based rehabilitation services integral to the rehabilitative approach?
  • Is rehabilitation an investment with costs and benefits for both the individuals and society?
  • Should rehabilitation be made a part of healthcare at all levels?
  • Is rehabilitation important to ensure the future of work is inclusive, leaving no one behind?
  • How can we ensure the higher healthcare requirements for People with Disabilities are met
    adequately and their quality of life is not affected due to inadequate healthcare services?
  • Why is there still a major gap in healthcare access between people with and without


11:00 – 11:20 – Opening Remarks / Keynote

Representative from the Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA)

11:20 – 11:35

Representative from Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

To be confirmed (invited)

11:35 – 11:50

Ms. Ana Lucia Frutuoso, Occupational Therapist
Founder & CEO
ZenSenses, Portugal

Snoezelen Approach in Healthcare & Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities OR The
importance of Snoezelen

11:50 – 12:05

Representative from Sanad Village

12:05 – 12:15

Dr. Nourah Alothman
Assistant Professor of Audiology
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
Saudi Arabia

Hearing abilities for people with disabilities
According to the World Health Organization, it has been estimated that 1.5 billion people have some
degree of hearing loss globally, and this estimation is projected to rise to 2.5 billion by 2050. It is known
that hearing loss is associated with poorer health-related quality of life, social isolation, depression, and
cognitive decline.

12:15 – 12:25

Dr. Reem Basuodan
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences, Head of the
foundation year of Medical Colleges, Neuro
physiotherapist consultant, College of Health and
Rehabilitation Sciences Princess Nourah bint
Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia

Rehabilitation and physiotherapy for people with disabilities
The workshop aims to educate people with disabilities about the roles of rehabilitation and physiotherapy
in order to assist them in their daily activities and to reach the best health practice in convenient ways
which suit their disabilities.

12:25 – 12:40

Dr. Faiza Othman Aba Alkhail
Al Waleed, Saudi Arabia

12:40 – 12:55

Mr. Jasper Rogmans
Sales & Marketing Manager Vicair
/ Maxxcare
The Netherlands

A Journey of Innovation, Dedication & Transformation at Vicair & Maxxcare
We are eager for the chance to share our Global Healthcare and Rehabilitation journey with you at Vicair &
Maxxcare. Our story is one of innovation, dedication, and transformation in the realm of healthcare and
rehabilitation solutions. Over the years, we have strived to make a positive impact on the lives of
individuals by providing cutting-edge products and services that enhance their well-being and quality of

12:55 – 13:10

Mr. Mijbel Al-Swait
Nordic Homecare Solutions, UAE

How can investments in accessible society improve the social life quality of individuals and
enhance the society’s welfare?
We know how important community and bonding with others are to the rehabilitation process, and that
you don’t go through rehabilitation alone. Rehabilitation and reintegration will be a kind of “restoration
of the disabled individual” to society and will always be unique and should be based on the individual’s
desires and dreams for the future, but in the societies where you experience rehabilitation,
interdependence and the opportunity to create a new and different identity that is not only associated
for example with psychological/physical difficulties and social problems.

13:10 – 13:25

Ms. Rana J. Taibah
Prince Sultan Rehabilitation Complex (EFAA)
Saudi Arabia

تطويع نموذج العمل لغايات المنظمة الاستراتيجية

الرئيس التنفيذي لمجمع الأمير سلطان للتأهيل / إيفاء، عضو مجلس إدارة المجلس التخصصي لجمعيات ذوي

الإعاقة في المملكة ، عضو مجلس إدارة الإتحاد السعودي للأولمبياد الخاص ، شريك مؤسس لشركة يونويا

، للاستشارات والكوتشنج

13:25 – 13:40

Dr. Ayman W. El-Hattab, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Founder & President
MENA Organization for Rare Diseases, UAE

MENA Organization for Rare Diseases
MENA Organization for Rare Diseases has been established to serve and support people with rare
diseases in the region of Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The goals of MENA Organization for
Rare Diseases are to educate and spread knowledge about rare diseases, connect patients and
doctors to exchange knowledge and experience, and support people with rare diseases and their

13:40 – 13:55

Dr. Hidaia Al Najjar
Pharmacist In charge & Certified Life Coach

Supplements, Vitamins & Autism
Vitamins and supplements are important for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders due
to several reasons, such as selective eating habits and sensory sensitivity to food taste, smell, or
texture, which can lead to nutritional deficiency in their diet. Also a weakened immune system and an
increased tendency to infections.

14:00 | END OF DAY 3

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Ditas Pascual
General Coordinator
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