Qatar makes its top priority the empowerment of persons with disabilities in the country, through creating special programs that cater to their needs, protect their rights, and provide them with equal opportunities, which goes in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
Being at the forefront of the countries signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008, Qatar has been working restlessly on developing various projects that are being regularly monitored to further enhance the quality of services offered to disabled individuals to help them reach their full potential.
As Qatar believes in the importance of information and communication technology in empowering and enabling people with disabilities, Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada) was founded for this purpose, catering to all four forms of disabilities; hearing, visual, physical, and learning.
On the other hand, the civil society in Qatar plays a key role in serving disabled individuals, which is a fact supported by Shafallah Institute that has been established to provide specialized services to people with disabilities, in terms of education, social life, healthcare, and counseling, in addition to organizing various events that seek to raise public awareness about the issues related to persons with disabilities.
Moreover, Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs strives to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in Qatar on all levels; social, psychological, academic, and health, in a way that matches the Islamic religion’s values and the Qatari traditions, while considering the new technological advances that in turn impact the services provided.
Noor Institute for the Blind has also been providing educational services, not only to the disabled people in Qatar, but also to anyone who needs their services elsewhere throughout the year.