Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Rehabilitation and Employment Centre for People with Special Needs Recognises Etisalat Support

Abu Dhabi, 27th May 2009: The Rehabilitation and Employment Centres for People with Special Needs today recognised Etisalat for its leading role in providing career opportunities and developing initiatives geared at helping people with special needs integrate within the local society.

Etisalat was hailed as a role model for other companies in the public and private sector for its work in developing the nation’s human resources and being committed to support those with special needs.

Etisalat Vice President, Corporate Communications, Ahmed Bin Ali, received the merit certificate on behalf of Etisalat, during a ceremony dedicated to celebrate the graduation of a new batch of trainees from the Centre.

The ceremony was attended by, and H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Etisalat is a leading national company that has been working hard to achieve financial and operational success whilst at the same time meeting its responsibility to the UAE and its residents.

This has been reflected though supporting the activation of Federal Law which targets the welfare of people with special needs. Etisalat participates in this process working alongside with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care – Special Needs & Minor Affairs, and Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services.

Etisalat realizes that people with special needs require tailor-made services. It has introduced special technology to answer their requirements and help them to integrate with society. Etisalat presently offers services suitable for people with hearing difficulties such as video conferencing, Fixed-line SMS services, BlackBerry services, MobileCAM, Push Email, 3G data and video calls. Etisalat also has solutions for visually impaired individuals such as Email Reader and Push to Talk.

During the “National Campaign to Integrate People with Special needs” which was held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Fatma Bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, Etisalat offered a 50% discounted rate for the Freedom Package which is designed to help people with special needs.

Etisalat also collaborated with the “Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services” and the “Dubai Club for Special Sports” in conducting workshops to promote its new technologies that support people with special needs and help them to interact with their surrounding.

Etisalat has also collaborated with the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs to conduct a ‘Freedom’ technology workshop in the presence of more than 40 special need social centers from across the UAE.
Etisalat also supported Dubai International Rehabilitation Forum - REHAB Dubai 2008, as well as participating as a main sponsor of 6th MENA Regional Special Games – Abu Dhabi, and has been recognized by the UAE Special Olympics Committee for supporting this tournament

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