People with disabilities in Saudi Arabia will benefit from a range of new initiatives to help them find training and employment, thanks to a program of support announced by Abdul Latif Jameel.
Specific initiatives include:
- You steer: Supporting individuals to work in the motor services industry by providing specially adapted cars with hand-only driving systems, along with financing support for buying vehicles.
- Trader program: Helping people with disabilities establish small businesses at retail malls. The program also offers a disability-friendly e-commerce tool for setting up a business.
- Professional training: Sponsoring the cost of a professional training program to help people gain work experience, in cooperation with Nafisa Shams Academy.
- Stadium opportunities: In cooperation with Bab Rizq Jameel, people with disabilities will have the opportunity to work in in-stadium retail positions at popular sporting events.
- Adad program: Making it easier for companies to provide donations to cover the cost of training courses, the purchase of a passenger car, or the cost of treatment and therapy.
The disability support program was outlined at an event at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation in Jeddah. It aims to support the Saudi Vision 2030 goals of enabling people with disabilities to ensure their independence and integration as effective members of society.
Rowaid Al-Sawaf, Deputy Managing Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Professional Solutions for Vehicles & Accessories, said: “Providing equal opportunities for everyone – men and women, young and old – is a key theme of Saudi Vision 2030. By announcing these initiatives, we are actively contributing to helping people with disabilities have exactly the same opportunities as everyone else.”