Special Olympics UAE has requested the international community to take advantage of the power of sports to steer in a new era of social involvement for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as the 12th session of UN Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), commenced at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Depicting the UAE at the UN Conference, Chaica Al Qassimi, an outstanding UAE Athlete, underlined the crucial role played by Special Olympics UAE in advocating social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences in the country.
A champion of comprehensiveness for people with intellectual disabilities, Chaica shared her knowledge as a referee as well as a Torch Runner at the World Games Abu Dhabi, held in March this year, to attract attention to the spirit of comprehensiveness that has taken root in the UAE.
Accentuating the performance of the UAE team at the World Games, Chaica stated that the Games provided a global platform to display the outstanding endeavors of Special Olympics UAE in reshaping the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports activities. It made the way for new drives bolstering inclusiveness and has helped developing positive attitudes towards people with determination, chiefly those with intellectual disabilities.
The UAE Athletes had put up an exceptional display of talents at the World Games to take home a total of 182 medals.
Chaica cited that CRPD commitments and UN Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved till individuals with intellectual disabilities are included as beneficiaries as well as influencers, who can confirm that persons with intellectual disabilities have the same access, opportunities and rights as other people.
Chaica also urged the private sector to join the Special Olympics endeavours to create an inclusive society and contribute towards finding innovative solutions to challenges faced by people of determination. She said the World Games in Abu Dhabi brought to light the critical role of private sector partners in this area as they joined hands in the efforts to empower over 7,500 individuals with intellectual disabilities from over 190 nations through the power of sport.