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  • Rights of people with special needs

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  • Introduction

This guide details the rights of people with special needs under UAE laws, as the State guarantees equality among its citizens and no discrimination in terms of services or rights.

  • Right to Legal Aid

If your freedom is restricted for any legal reason, you have the right to be treated in a human manner taking into account your special needs.

You will be informed of the reasons for your imprisonment. If you are unable to pay the judicial fees, expenses or fines, the State will provide the appropriate financial assistance for you.
  • Right of expression and to obtain information

You have the right to express your opinion by using Braille, sign language or other means of communication.

You have the right to request, receive and communicate information as any other person.

The law also guarantees the protection of your correspondence and medical records.
  • Right to medical services

You have the right to use medical services, rehabilitation and support services at the cost of the State, including:

  • surgeries, whether resulting from your disability or not.
  • examination and treatment of all specialties, including specialized rehabilitation, physiotherapy, treatment by work, vocal, hearing and psychological treatment.

Medical services include technical examinations and assisting devices such as artificial limbs, hearing aids, artificial eye, etc and movement aids e.g. mobile chairs, sticks, walking aids.
  • Right to education

The State guarantees equal educational opportunities for you in all education or learning, vocational, mature student studies, and continuous learning institutions, in regular or special classrooms as required. The State will also provide the curriculum in sign language or Braille or any other method, as required.
 
Special needs in themselves should not prevent you from applying to enter any educational institution, whether governmental or private. To apply to go to school you should download an admission application form for a student with special needs from the Ministry of Education website.
 
Required documents:

  • admission application form (this can be completed online at the Ministry of Education website or obtained from an educational unit in the education district).
  • recent medical report stating the medical condition of the student and his power of sight and hearing (according to the student’s condition)
  • copy of the student’s passport
  • copy of the civil registry extract
  • One photo of the student
  • photocopy of the ID cards of the guardian and the student.
  • report from the last centre or school where the student was registered and which the student frequently attended.​
  • Right to work

You have the right to work and to occupy public jobs and your disability will not prevent you from being selected for a job.

If you have an economically feasible project or business idea you can contact the Committee for Employment of Disabled People at the Ministry of Social Affairs for further information regarding grants and loans.

The Committee can also provide you with information on the employment market and appropriate jobs available.
  • Cultural and sporting rights

You have a right to participate in cultural, sport and entertainment events.

The State is required to develop your creative, artistic and intellectual abilities in order to enrich society.

The State will provide you with literary and cultural material by all means available, including electronic, sign language, Braille, audio, and multimedia.

You should also be able to enjoy television programmes, theatrical and artistic shows and all cultural activities.
  • Right to access

The State should provide you with disabled access to all places.

Public roads, vehicles and land, air and sea transport should have the required technical specifications to assist you.
  • Exemption from fees and charges

As a person with special needs you are exempt from certain fees and charges:

  • charges and taxes on a vehicle used by a person with special needs. This applies to one vehicle only. Exemption for a second vehicle only applies after 5 years from the date of the first exemption. If your first vehicle is lost or damaged you have the right to apply for an exemption for a second vehicle
  • fees for car parking spaces allocated for people with special needs
  • judicial fees in claims filed by a person with special needs
  • postal charges and fees for all correspondence sent by a person with special needs​
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