Study Shows UAE Leading in Their Support to People of Determination

According to a study on regional disabilities perception authorized by the Local Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, in association with Special Olympics Middle East and North Africa office, gulf nations are preparing the way for a more approachable work environment for people of determination with intellectual disabilities.

The study labeled as ‘Regional Perceptions and Determined Aspirations’, which was carried out  by Nielsen Holdings across eight nations – the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Morocco,  Jordan, and Egypt revealed that the government of UAE is in the forefront of the disability support in the Middle East and North Africa region.

The study, which intends to offer an “awareness of the regional public understanding of people with intellectual disabilities and an perception of the lives, goals and challenges of people with intellectual disabilities faces”. It showed that there was a high alertness of government disability drives in the UAE in comparison to other social facets, such as unemployment and divorce.

76% out of 678 respondents in the UAE were alert of the government efforts towards disability, while 73% out of 516 respondents stated that the UAE government was “greatly involved in disability.”

The analysis and sample size of the study consisted: UAE, 678 interviews, 8 in-depth interviews; Kuwait, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; KSA, 505 interviews, 6 in-depth interviews; Bahrain, 404 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Oman, 410 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Jordan, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews; Egypt, 1,038 interviews, 8 in-depth interviews; and Morocco, 400 interviews, 4 in-depth interviews.

Nielsen, the global measurement and data Analytics Company, has set in motion the study in the first and second quarter of 2018.

Nielsen said that one billion people or 15% of the world’s population experience some form of disability. The study further stated, there are signals that the incidence rate is much higher for factors like consanguineous marriages (marriage between close relatives), weak access to and availability of quality health services in some nations and parts within the MENA region.

It is important to have policies to blend people with intellectual disabilities into all facets of life and society, the study stressed, adding, that this would profit not only the individual but also the community.