Knowledge Hub

Healthcare, rehabilitation, social integration, assistive technologies, and accessible infrastructure are crucial factors in empowering People of Determination and improving their quality of life. The Knowledge Hub, in the 6th edition of the AccessAbilities Expo (AAE), will focus on these vital issues concerning the lives of more than 1.3 billion People with Disabilities, over 50 million of whom reside in the Middle East region.  Several senior officials in the government and private sectors, experts, academicians, consultants, doctors and specialists will speak during various sessions at the Knowledge Centre to shed light on the best international practices in the medical care and rehabilitation domains and the importance of assistive technologies in making People of Determination more independent and self-reliant.

The Knowledge Hub is one of the key activities of the AAE-2024 to be held between the 7th to 9th October of 2024 in Halls 6, 7 and 8, with the participation of about 300 exhibitors and brands and rehabilitation centers from around 50 countries.

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DAY 1 | Healthcare, Rehabilitation, and Inclusion
7 October 2024

Speakers will address the following topics to explore the best solutions facing People with Disabilities in their daily lives. According to the World Health Organization, People with Disabilities often experience poorer levels of health and face challenges in accessing rehabilitation services in several countries. The challenges include insufficient knowledge, low awareness, negative attitudes toward disability, unsatisfactory levels and high costs of accessing medical and health services. Exploring the barriers that People with Disabilities face in healthcare services will go a long way in making the required changes and offering better services.

  • The UAE is considered a healthcare pioneer. What is the level of services provided by hospitals and healthcare facilities in other countries compared to the UAE?
  • Do rehabilitation facilities operate by best practices in providing special services to People with Disabilities?
  • Do hospitals and facilities need to enlarge their services, develop more capacity and conduct continuous training to set new benchmarks for better practices?
  • Do private healthcare and rehabilitation services contribute towards improving disability conditions?
  • Are there successful social integration experiences in the government and private sectors?
  • How can we enhance the capabilities of People with Disabilities to access healthcare systems as well as ensure they respond in an appropriate and timely manner to their needs?

11:30-11:45 | Opening Remarks/Keynote

Representative from the Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA)

Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid,
Director General

to be confirmed

11:45- 12:00

Sheikha Suhaila Salem Al Sabah
POD Advocate, Kuwait

12:00 – 12:45 | Panel Discussion

Eman Abushabab
Community Outreach Manager
Dubai Autism Centre, UAE

Topic: Towards an Autism-Friendly Community

12:45 – 13:05

Dr. Monira Aldhahi
Consultant Physical Therapy at KAAH,
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences,
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia

Topic: Telehealth and a Model of Exercise and sports service delivery system for People with Disabilities

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

Topic: Hearing abilities for people with disabilities

12:45 – 13:05

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

Topic: Rehabilitation and physiotherapy for people with disabilities

12:30 – 12:45 | Presentation

Representative from Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET)

To be confirmed (invited)

12:45 – 13:00 | Presentation

Representative from du

To be confirmed (invited)

13:00 – 13:15

Representative from Nakheel

To be confirmed (invited)

13:15 – 13:30

Representative from Emirates Autism Society

To be confirmed (invited)

13:30 – 14:15 | SESSION BREAK

14:15 – 14:25

Dr. Ali Alamri
Nourah health program Director
Princess Nourah University, Saudi Arabia

Community support and empowerment strategies for people with disabilities
Community Mobilization (CM) is defined as a process of building the capacity of communities to plan,
carry out, and evaluate activities in a participatory and sustained way in order to improve their health.

14:25 – 14:35

Telehealth and a Model of Exercise and sports service delivery system for People with Disabilities
The development of a model of rehabilitation exercise and sports service delivery system for the health
promotion of people with disabilities is a significant step towards fostering inclusive and equitable
healthcare opportunities.

Dr. Monira Aldhahi
Consultant Physical Therapy at KAAH,
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences,
College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Saudi Arabia

14:35 – 14:50

Dr. Laila Hareb Almheiri
Alive Group, UAE

Holistic approach in managing sleep for sensory-challenged children
The holistic approach to managing sleep for sensory-challenged children encompasses various aspects
of their physical, emotional, and sensory well-being to effectively address sleep issues. The main goal is
to develop an individualized plan that enhances the child’s sleep quality and overall health.

14:50 – 15:05

Mr. Elie Ghoussoub, Director
Accessibility, Safety & Inclusion Consultancy
DASS Solutions, UAE

15:05 – 15:20

Ms. Pretty Kumar
Deque Software, India

Foster a Culture of Inclusion with Ethical, AI-powered Accessibility Testing Tools
Testing for digital accessibility can be a complex, nuanced process that requires experience with assistive
technologies. Depending on the goals of your organization and who you serve, you might also face a
number of changing compliance or legal guidelines and tight deadlines to achieve them.

15:20 – 15:35

Ms. Wemmy de Makker
Mawaheb, UAE

Topic: Inclusion, Art Therapy & Mawaheb

15:35 – 15:50


15:50 – 16:10


16:30 | END OF DAY 1

DAY 2 | Assistive technology and its impact on improving the quality of life and independence of People with Disabilities
8 October 2024

In the 21st century, People with Disabilities have relatively more innovative products and services that make their physical and social lives easier. Specialized services help them overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

  • How can assistive technologies help their users -People with Disabilities – become more independent and self-reliant?
  • Are there ways in which People with Disabilities can be made better users of modern technologies?
  • Do smart homes contribute to improving the quality of life of People with Disabilities and the elderly?
  • What challenges do they face in using technology in their daily lives?
  • Do companies conduct research with users to understand how technologies work, and what challenges they face with different applications?
  • Is accessible technology any closer to empowering People with Disabilities to become more independent and equal partners in our communities?
  • Do assistive devices support People with Disabilities in improving their quality of life in terms of movement, communication, and daily activities?
  • The main obstacle in ensuring higher levels of technology adoption by People with Disabilities is the affordability and the high costs of accessible technologies. What can technology companies do to reduce the cost of new technology products?


11:00-11:15 | Opening Remarks/Keynote

Representative from the Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA)

To be confirmed

11:15 – 12:00 | Panel Discussion

Representatives from:
Dubai Police (invited)
Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) (invited)
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) (invited)
Dubai Youth Council (invited)

12:00 – 12:20

ACA France (invited)

Mr. Ramin Yahvavi Gilani
Gilani Mobility Solutions
Specialist, UAE

Placing importance on accessible environments and the rights of individuals with disabilities
championing their dignity and inclusion
It is important to take a holistic approach and create a roadmap to successfully educate and implement
transfer mobility services, specialized vehicles, assistive technology, skilled personnel, and accessible
infrastructure. Society’s emphasis on accessible transportation aligns with the vital objective of ensuring
equal opportunities.

12:20 – 12:50 | Panel Discussion (Korea Pavilion)

Mr. Sanghwan Choi
Managing Director
CYD Information, Korea

Introduction to DreamPhone with Case of Neurodevelopmental Disorder Activist. Why we made

Mr. Charlie Hyuk Su Shin
Head Executive Director
DOT Corporation, Korea

Inclusive Smart city
Building an inclusive city is hard, Nevertheless, we must make it for the future. Inclusive cities support the
urban population by creating more welcoming and intuitive places that help increase the quality of life and
create a more positive experience of the built environment and public spaces for special needs, especially
people of Determination and older adults.

12:50 – 13:20

Panel Discussion (Denmark Pavilion)

Denmark Pavilion Representatives
Jens Gafar, Partner, No Limits
Accessibility, Denmark

13:20 – 14:00 | SESSION BREAK

14:00 – 14:15 | Presentation

Representative from Manafeth Mobility Solutions

14:15 – 14:30

Ms. Sara Claver Cervantes
Project Manager
Implaser by Naffco, Spain

NaviLens and NaviLens GO
Two systems designed to empower people with disabilities — New technologies provide us with the
opportunity to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Connectivity and telecommunications have
opened numerous options for individuals with disabilities to alleviate their communication, mobility, and
information-related challenges.

14:30 – 15:15

Ms. Silvia Fernandez
Manager Assessments & Accreditations,
ACI World, Canada

ForsaTek (Invited)

Building a Network of Accessible Airports

15:15 – 15:30

Mr. Bari Hayon
Global Markets & UAE Sales Director
OrCam, Israel

OrCam MyEye & Read 3 innovation
Independence everywhere you go — OrCam Technologies was founded over a decade ago to create lifechanging
“assistive companions” powered by breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) for people who are
blind or visually impaired and for those with reading and learning differences.

15:30 – 15:45

Mr. Daniel Sadaka
PolySpine, Australia

Therapeutic Benefits of PolySpine

15:45 – 16:00

Mr. Mohamad Nuwaila
Director of Sales & Marketing
Nuro ME, UAE

Communication by Brain
NURO MIDDLE EAST LLC. is pleased to introduce to the attendees of AccessAbilities Expo 2023 the
second generation of our groundbreaking NUOS product line, allowing victims of stroke, trauma, and
neurodegenerative diseases to communicate by Brain, instantly and without any surgery of any kind.
NUOS is the only non-invasive architecture in the World today which has been cleared by Health Canada,
multiple US IRBs and the US FDA under the Expanded Access Program.

16:00 – 16:15

Mr. Hunny Bhagchandan
Torchit, India

Breaking Barriers: Empowering People of Determination through Assistive Technologies
I will explore the transformative power of assistive technologies for people of determination. We will delve
into the crucial role these innovations play in enhancing independence, accessibility, and inclusion.

16:15 – 16:30

Youseff Hesham Naim
Tapy Card, UAE

16: 45 | END OF DAY 2

DAY 3 | Accessible Travel and Tourism
9 October 2024

Accessible travel and tourism are of great importance at present to help People with Disabilities discover the world and enjoy the joys of life. Tourists with disabilities and the elderly constitute about 15 percent of the total number of tourists globally, spending billions of dollars annually. According to the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the global tourism industry is losing opportunities worth 142 billion euros due to a lack of infrastructure, services, and facilities that meet the needs of tourists with disabilities. This session focuses on how to improve services provided to tourists with disabilities through modern technologies and training employees in hotels, tourism, and travel agencies on how to deal professionally with this vital segment of tourists. The UAE is considered one of the best accessible tourist destinations, and government agencies and service providers in the private sector are seeking to enhance the UAE’s reputation in the accessible tourism domain by improving services and facilities for tourists with disabilities to ensure they take back good memories about they getting special treatment and satisfactory pleasure for long-lasting memories.

  • Are destinations, tourism agencies, and travel companies improving experiences and making them enjoyable for tourists with disabilities in a real business sense?
  • Why is the pace of travel and tourism facilitation not getting accelerated to provide appropriate services to this segment?
  • Could long-neglected adventure travel become more inclusive?
  • Does lack of reliable information about access levels to specific destinations and their attractions impede the growth of accessible tourism?
  • Why are People with Disabilities still subjected to systemic discrimination when it comes to traveling and exploring destinations?
  • Airports, airlines, and advocacy groups are working to make air travel more accessible for travelers with disabilities. How has the scenario been changing on the grounds?
  • One of the reasons cited behind accessible tourism not taking off satisfactorily is that People with Disabilities do not have enough money at their disposal for travel and excursions. How true is this statement from a market perspective?
  • Airlines often come under scrutiny for routinely mishandling or destroying wheelchairs, making disabled passengers fearful of flying. How can this unsatisfactory scenario be transformed for better and more memorable experiences?
  • Is your company receptive and accommodating to tourists with disabilities and their families, taking into account that this large market segment suffered from a lack of services throughout these years?
  • Are the most important barriers to People with Disabilities participating in tourism activities due to ill-equipped infrastructure, rigid social attitudes, or lack of attention from officials and the tourism industry stakeholders?


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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