Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit 2017 will support the objective of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, and the "My Community - A City for Everyone" initiative that was launched in November 2013, which aims to fully transform Dubai into a disabled-friendly city by 2020, through projects and initiatives aimed to maximize participation and inclusion of every citizens of the city.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, issued Law No. (2) of 2014 to protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai. This law aims to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy all their rights, enhance their respect, preserve their dignity and protect them from all forms of discrimination or abuse, negligence or exploitation.
A Project titled “Accessible Environments for People with Disability based on Universal Design” was announced in April 2016. All new buildings, services and facilities — offices or residential towers, schools, stadiums, parks, and public spaces will have to be built in compliance with disability-friendly standards. Existing buildings and facilities will be “retrofitted” to make them disability-friendly as well.
Working groups have been formed within the Dubai government departments to develop the project which is already moving forward under a study being led by a specialist consultant. The budget for the study alone is AED 10 million. “The Dubai Code” will be a world class standard for accessibility in a modern urban environment and is seen as a milestone on the roadmap to achieving the Dubai 2020 vision.
Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit will address the following:
This summit will support the transition towards a more accessible urban environment by focusing on universal design concepts that integrate adaptive and assistive technologies that make services, buildings, transportation & activities in the city of Dubai more easily available to all. The event will support the introduction of “The Dubai Code” and to aid communication of its objectives and guidelines to the public and private sector and user groups.
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Brilliant to see such passion and attendance from important decision makers- Director, Global Access Award Scheme
This event helped raising awareness, sharing knowledge and engaging leaders (governmental, private sector and civil society) at local, national and international level- Director - Division for Social Policy and Development , United Nations
Impressive event and very worthwhile! International and national beacons of inclusion on stage and in the audience, insights like these build relationships and knowledge. Intense professional development, valuable contacts made, worth my time out of the office- Program Manager, Sedra Foundation
Choice of speakers is very good, speakers are very competent and subjects tackled are of a big importance- Head of Special Needs Department, Dubai international school
This conference created an engaging environment that boots networking and sharing knowledge, best practices and innovations between participants- Expert in Urban Design and Mobility,
The event was a great chance to share best practices and approaches across the world and region relating to accessibility. It naturally aligns with the goals of Dubai, the broader UAE and other leading regional governments to build inclusive societies- CEO and founder of the SSB Bart, GAATES
I will share all the valuable information with my colleagues and managers- SME ELV/BA, Dubai Airports
Everything was excellent specially the staff, sometimes keep smiling is the success of the conference- Head of early intervention, Awladouna Center
Excellent diversity!- Assistant professor architecture, AUD
Well done and thank you very much for inviting me to be a delegate for this summit- Group General Manager, Ayla hotels
A delightful + educational event- CEO, SSB Bart
ACM, they listen, welcome people with a smile- Managing Director, Awladouna Center
The conference was focused on pressing issues in a time that Dubai seeks to become accessible. Audience and speakers were all simply first class- Lead Trainer, SEDAR
The summit gave opportunities to review the existing infrastructure of accessibility and brainstorm on newer ideas to bridge the gap to align with the Vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum- Director, Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities
An outstanding conference! so critical to the quality of life in Dubai and throughout the UAE. I particularly liked the focus on USABILITY as an important dimension of ACCESSIBILITY.- Associate Professor of Education, American University in Dubai
Dubai is constantly developing and constantly changing, from a tourism prospective it is incredibly important that the needs of disabled travelers become more apparent in the development process – with 2020 drawing huge attention it is important Dubai embraces change now for the needs of the disabled tourist.
Future Accessibility & Assistive Technology summit is an excellent opportunity for key people to get in a room and actually get decisions / ideas made and put on paper, to take forward into policy changes and also delegates to understand the good and bad practices currently in Dubai regarding accessibility.
This event provide the necessary impetus for the implementation of principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and puts exclusive focus on Urban Accessibility.
The ACM Interface+ Format
The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.
ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.
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