Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada), hosted a workshop during its partnership with the Accessible Qatar Conference recently at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.

In line with its efforts to empower People with Disabilities (PWD) through assistive technology, Mada hosted an educational session on Strategies and Best Practices for Creating Accessible Work Environments. Accessible Qatar Conference was the first of its kind in the region and provided knowledge sharing in order to create awareness and explore the importance of accessibility for all patrons.

The educational workshop highlighted the best practices and strategies for ensuring that a workplace is accessible to employees and visitors with different disabilities. Discussions also included the importance of e-Accessibility, when it comes to creating accessible work environments, and the social impact of employing people with disabilities in meaningful and inclusive roles. Speakers during the session included a number of Mada employees.

Mada CEO Maha al Mansouri said that the conference offered a great opportunity in the promotion of smart technologies, which enable and foster universal accessibility.

We aim to educate the wider community about the importance of assistive technology and how much it can change their lives. Our workshop and partnership with Accessible Qatar allowed us to showcase how inclusion can be made possible through accessible work environments. Employment is one of the main areas we believe can empower PWD and we are committed to ensuring inclusive and professional communities are created, to welcome people with various disabilities in all sorts of environments.’

Mada believes that providing access to workspaces empowers people with different disabilities to overcome social, economic and cultural barriers that have traditionally marginalised them. The importance of the right to employment is in fact enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Combining expertly-audited data with user-submitted reviews and ratings, Accessible Qatar gives the PWD the confidence to visit different accessible destinations. Having accessibility information publicly available on Accessible Qatar will encourage venues to make necessary modifications in support of accessibility for all patrons.

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