Arab News, Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018 | Shaaban 1, 1439
Saudi ministry planning special services for persons with disabilities
The Ministry of Labor and
Social Development has organized an event in Riyadh to increase awareness about
people with disabilities.
Al-Hejab bin Ahmed Al-Hazmi, deputy minister for social care and family, said
the ministry is keen on developing services for persons with disabilities.
Al-Hazmi said the ministry is taking measures to increase awareness among the
public on ways to care for persons with disabilities in an effective manner. The
ministry organized the second edition of the Health Festival for Persons with
Disabilities in collaboration with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
(SABIC) at the Alfaisal University.
The main focus of the event was to discuss ways to ensure better integration of
persons with disabilities in society.
A large number of children with disabilities attended the event with their
families. Special arrangements were made for thorough medical checkups. Health
specialists examined the children to ensure their mental and physical well-being
Al-Hazmi thanked the
sponsors, partners, and volunteers for their efforts in achieving the goals set
for this initiative and serving their fellow humans who require special
Khulood Al-Shaya, director of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Unit at
the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said the festival is part of her
department’s efforts, made in partnership with the private sector, to ensure the
mental and physical safety of persons with disabilities.
She said that the festival examined about 300 children with disabilities with
the help of 200 male and female volunteers in the medical and organizational
“They assisted health professionals to examine the children, as they cannot
express what they feel because of their disabilities,” she said.
The children also had a great time with their families enjoying the recreational
The ministry recently launched a service that allows persons with disabilities
to electronically apply for financial assistance through the ministry’s
e-services offered on its website.
The service aims to offer financial support to persons with disabilities as well
as facilitating communication between the ministry and the beneficiaries.