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DUBAI: Poll finds negative views about disabled people to be widespread

Posted 13/8-10 at 23.51

More than 50% of those surveyed in a recent poll felt that disabled people are not capable of making moral decisions, that they are child like and have a deviant personality. Disabled people were not, therefore, considered to be capable of assuming leadership positions.

The research was carried out by Victor Pineda, who is looking at the 2006 UAE Disability Act and its implementation. While the law explicitly addresses aspects of health, rehabilitation and special education for disabled people, Pineda found that they cannot really enjoy the benefits because, "...new approaches - mobility, public participation, independent living - are missing. It requires an investment by the state and the government to provide the quality of life and dignity these individuals want."



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