Abilities Me

24 - 26 March 2015

United Arab Emirates

Under the Patronage of
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan
Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development
Honorary President of Future Centre for Special Needs, Abu Dhabi

Zayed Higher Organisation, a legacy that keeps on giving

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Zayed Higher Organisation, a legacy that keep on giving

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​ ZHO in Brief 
With the aim of aligning and consolidating the efforts made in the field of special needs care, and as per the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may his soul rest in peace), H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, issued, during his tenure as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Law No. (2) dated April 19, 2009, establishing Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO)  in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as an umbrella for all humanitarian bodies, social services, orphanages, special needs institutions and any future bodies established in Abu Dhabi for humanitarian goals. 
ZHO enjoys full financial and administrative independence and is run by its Board of Directors of 7 to 11 members. ZHO performs its activities as per the plans and directives of its Board to achieve its goals. The Board takes all necessary actions and measures to ensure ZHO’s efficient functioning. All ZHO’s humanitarian institutions are contributing to achieving the noble goals, showing a keen interest in this segment of society.

Message from the Deputy-Chairman and the Secretary-General

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With the aim of achieving the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), founding father of the UAE, to make the UAE a community where all people have equal rights and obligations, HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued, in 2004, a law for establishing Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care that currently provides care services to people with special needs and orphans who had a perturbed childhood for different reasons. 

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Through its centers spread all over the emirate, ZHO provides rehabilitative care to people with special needs by offering services such as comprehensive assessment, early intervention, educational services, psychological and social counseling, vocational training and rehabilitation, therapy, sporting activities, Braille printing services, text size enlarging, as well as helping them find appropriate jobs. 

Through “Dar Zayed for Family Care”, ZHO serves orphans who had a perturbed childhood for different reasons by implementing comprehensive care programs, using modern upbringing methods, and providing them with efficient education and training to help them chose the right specialization and job in the future as well as to develop their Arab and Muslim personality.  

In performing its mission, ZHO adheres to Abu Dhabi government’s agenda and vision, in addition to the directives of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Therefore, ZHO services are not limited to therapeutic, social care, education and rehabilitation services, but it seeks to ensure its beneficiaries’ rights are guaranteed and upheld, and to integrate them in the community. By doing so, ZHO engages specialized staff members and continuously strives to develop them, and to provide all scientific methods as a key to successful task performance.

ZHO believes that its mission performance requires the consolidation of efforts with the concerned families, and the establishment of partnerships with public and private organizations, and all bodies   and institutions of the community.  This is designed to help create the appropriate environment that facilitates the inclusion of people with special needs and orphans and integrate them into the community. In this concern, ZHO provides this website as an additional communication tool between itself and the community. 

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ZHO Services 
With 12 centers for special needs and humanitarian care across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation (assessment, early intervention, physiotherapy, functional therapy, speech therapy, and vocational training workshops), psychological care, family counseling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities.
ZHO’s Orphan Care Sector supervises Dar Zayed for Family Care, which became under the ZHO supervision by virtue of the Law No. (2) of 2004, dated April 19, 2004. H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the new identity for Dar Zayed in a ceremony held in the summer of 2009 at the Emirates Palace Hotel.
Dar Zayed mission is to provide a safe and supportive educational environment for orphans, fostering positive behaviors as well as theoretical and practical skills that would develop balanced, grounded personalities capable of adapting to their own society and interacting with other cultures, with a strong sense of belonging to their homeland and culture.
How are services delivered to people with special needs? 

Throughout its history, ZHO has made wide strides and considerable achievements, notably its expansion plans to accommodate disabled people all over the emirate of Abu Dhabi. All along, it was inspired by the directives of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on the need to widen the ZHO scope of service and create new sections and therapeutic units in all centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. 

Today, ZHO supervises 12 centers and sporting clubs for people of special needs under the umbrella of the Special Needs Sector. These are: Abu Dhabi Center, Abu Dhabi Autism Center, the Printing Press for the blind and visually challenged, Zayed Agricultural Center for Development and Rehabilitation, Al Ain Center and   Al Koua Center. In the Western Region, there are Zayed City Center, Sila Center, Giyathi Center, Delma Center and two sporting clubs, namely Al Ain Club for the disabled and finally Abu Dhabi Special Needs Club.

Are all services provided by all centers?

All services are provided by most centers. However, service provision depends on the real need for a certain service. Abu Dhabi Center in Al Mufraq is one of the largest and most comprehensive centers, offering all services and accommodating more than 600 beneficiaries.

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