AccessAbilities Expo Praises UAE Effort to Empower People of Determination
Published: 2022-07-19 - Updated: 2022-09-22
Author: Nadd AlShiba | Contact: naddalshiba.com
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Synopsis: International experts and exhibitors praise UAEs efforts to empower People with Determination as AccessAbilities Expo provides assistive technologies to over 50 million people with disabilities in the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of People of Determination at about one billion. It expects its numbers to rise to two billion in 2050 due to advancing age, wars, ill-health, poverty, lack of services, and other reasons. The number of people with hearing disabilities and impairment will reach about 2.5 billion, and about 700 million will need hearing rehabilitation services by 2050.
- AccessAbilities Expo 2022
AccessAbilities Expo 2022 in Dubai World Trade Centre is the region's largest exhibition for people with disabilities that provides access to the newest products, latest technologies, and services showcased by the region’s biggest distributors, international manufacturers, and government entities, medical and education centers. Assistive Technology products will be showcased in Dubai over three days from November 15 at the Middle East region's largest exhibition for People with Disabilities, focusing on access to products and services to enhance the abilities of people suffering from 27 types of disabilities.
International experts and exhibitors praised the UAE's exceptional efforts to empower People of Determination and provide them with a decent livelihood which embodies the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai to provide the most advanced services and technologies that enable them to overcome challenges in their daily life.
Experts emphasized the AccessAbilities Expo, which is held annually in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and is considered the largest of its kind in the Middle East, contributes to attracting the most modern technologies invented by global companies to serve more than 50 million People with Special Needs in the Middle Eastern countries.
The advanced technologies, numbering more than 4,500 globally, serve the people suffering from movement, visual, hearing, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum, and play a crucial role in empowering People of Determination, who constitute 10-15 percent of the population in each country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the number of People of Determination at about one billion people at present and expects their numbers to rise to two billion in 2050 due to advancing age, wars, ill-health, poverty, and lack of services and other reasons.
Giscard Bechara, Director, Starkey MEA FZCO, said:
"Our company supports people with hearing challenges in the UAE. We showcased the first AI-based integrated hearing devices in Expo's third edition, and the Evolv AI device provided a new heating system. It focuses not only on the impact of hearing on human beings' overall health but on creating an easy life experience for those hard of hearing due to the years of research and the use of science-based algorithms to provide high-fidelity sound similar to the hearing system that humans have."
He praised the UAE's efforts in caring for People of Determination and providing them with a decent life, with the level of rehabilitation services available in the country being comparable with that of the best countries in the world.
AccessAbilities Expo, organized by Nadd Al Shiba PR & Event Management, is considered the largest of its kind in the Middle East. More than 250 companies and rehabilitation centers from over 50 countries are expected to participate, with the number of visitors expected to reach 10,000.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people with hearing disabilities and impairment will reach about 2.5 billion, and about 700 million people will need hearing rehabilitation services by 2050. More than a billion young people risk permanent, avoidable hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. More than five percent of the world's population - over 430 million people - need rehabilitation to treat "disabling" hearing loss.
Andy Faulkner, CEO of Topland, said:
"AccessAbilities Expo is an ideal platform to showcase our technologies, most notably the WeWalk Smart Cane device, which allows remote verification of the distance. In addition to reading bus schedules aloud between the parking space and the nearest bus station."
"The notification when the bus is approaching allows visually impaired people to reduce waiting time at the bus station and avoid crowding. The other technologies serve the blind and visually impaired that can be provided in all public and private facilities visited by customers of determination."
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that at least 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from low vision or blindness, of whom at least one billion have preventable or untreated vision impairment. This came in the first global report issued by the WHO, indicating more than a billion people worldwide suffer from low vision as they do not get the care they need for conditions such as nearsightedness and cataracts.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, said:
"Eye diseases and visual impairment are common and often go untreated. He added: "It is unacceptable that 65 million people are blind or have low vision when their vision could have been corrected overnight with a cataract operation, or that more than 800 million people struggle with daily activities because they lack access to a pair of glasses."
Quarantine Has Affected Children
Engineer Ahmed Saleh, Business Development Manager for Life World Medical Supplies, said:
"The quarantine period, during the pandemic, has affected children, especially People of Determination, in terms of playing and moving freely and smoothly. Independent mobility plays a major role in children's early stages of mental development. We will introduce a very advanced electric wheelchair, Kameleon. It is designed for children between 3-12 years to safely ensure their movement from one place to another."
Free Dental Check-Up
Dr. Zainab Jamal, President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry - University of Sharjah Student Chapter, said:
"We support People with Special Needs by organizing activities that include dental examinations, free medical examinations at our mobile clinics, and educational seminars. We also allow the community to develop a better relationship with patients with Special Needs and raise awareness about their conditions and the importance of volunteering. Active participation in the community makes us proud and motivates us to give more and more every day. Our participation in the AccessAbilities Expo is an opportunity to be present and meet with People of Determination and educate them about the importance of dental health to maintain their health levels."
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