The 5th meeting of the People of Determination Higher Committee, held through visual technology and chaired by Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, recommended the necessity of an integrated strategy to empower people of determination in various fields.
The meeting also discussed implementing a “national index” to ensure the implementation of the initiatives in the strategy to be disseminated among all relevant authorities and establish a governance framework to follow up on the implementation of the strategy to ensure the compliance of the recommendations of the People of Determination Advisory Council.
The meeting reviewed the completion of the electronic access policy for the people of determination in a collaboration between the Ministry of Community Development, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), as well as the development of the inclusive education policy within both public, private and higher education, in cooperation with the Ministry of Community Development.
Hessa bint Essa Buhumaid discussed with the members of the People of Determination Higher Committee and representatives of ministries, departments and relevant authorities the proposal of including sign language in the general education curriculum. The meeting also discussed the license of practicing sign language interpreters with the Ministry of Justice.
She reviewed the features of the electronic access policy, level of achievement and implementation plan, completion stages of the inclusive education policy, contents of the basic policy, and the education trends and basics in higher education for the people of determination students. The meeting recommended the activation of the ministerial decision concerning the approval of the UAE Universal Design Code and the commitment of all relevant authorities.
The People of Determination Higher Committee was formed by the Cabinet Decision in 2019 to represent all relevant ministries, departments and authorities to provide services for these categories as part of the provision of the best comprehensive services fulfilling the needs of the people of determination under the supervision of the Ministry of Community Development, the official ministry for reviewing the provision of these services as adequately as possible.
The People of Determination Higher Committee is responsible for assessing and examining the current reality and challenges facing people of determination, proposing legislations, policies and initiatives, pursuing the implementation of national policy plans and initiatives to empower people of determination, adopting regulations and priorities of the basic needs needed for the rehabilitation and welfare of the people of determination and their inclusion within the society, establishing cooperation and coordination frameworks among people of determination relevant authorities, reviewing the UAE report on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and following up its recommendations, exploring the future and needs of people of determination, and finding proactive solutions that enhance the wellbeing of people of determination.