People of Determination – PoD Compliance


edirect’s contribution and vision for the People of Determination

edirect’s work ethics embraces inclusiveness. Consequently, to contribute towards Government’s noble cause of boosting inclusiveness for the people of determination, edirect has worked closely with Dubai Municipality and various other entities including prestigious Banks in the UAE, by developing “people of determination friendly” or “accessibility” equipped websites by installing accessibility tools for websites.

Integrating the digitization era with a noble cause as such can boost advancements already taking place in the UAE. edirect, with being in full support of the wisdom and development behind this cause provides all digital solutions that are in compliance with the PoD.

With over two decades of experience, we are an award-winning web agency that aims to provide an all-inclusive web solution from PoD Complying Website Development to Social Media Marketing, SEO, PPC, Graphic Designing, App Development and more.

Installing “Accessibility Tool” for The Dubai Municipality and Other Institutions

As a socially mindful agency and a competent PoD Compliance (complying to accessibility modifications for People of Determination) company in Dubai, we bring to you a deeper insight into who exactly people of determination in UAE are and how a visionary agenda has been a catalyst in their recognition and development.

Dubai Municipality being a project that was closely monitored by the Government of the UAE gave edirect a deeper insight and awareness about the regular digital predicaments faced by the differently abled citizens.

Likewise, we the team edirect, have worked for the development and marketing of various banks and other institutions by making their digital platforms accessibility equipped and function in compliance with PoD.

If you and your business are looking forward to joining this initiative but don’t know where to start from, simply give us a call on +971 50 95 75 877 and we will walk you through the process of development and marketing of digital platforms that are in compliance with accessibility measures taken for the people of determination.

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who are people of determination?

The UAE refers to people with disabilities as ‘people of determination.’ In an effort of upliftment and solidification of their rights, the government is consistently making amendments that comply with the needs and convenience of PoD.

Modifications such as engineering of buildings that are in compliance with PoD to creating Digital platforms. PoD compliance seems to have become a conventional practice in banks, the healthcare sector, private and public sectors, public transport, recreational activities, and much more.

PoD Compliance: Universal Design

A plan is never a night’s work. It takes discussions, blueprints, trials, changes, and much more to devise a scheme. It stems from the imagination of an individual and is moulded by various individuals.

A plan as extensive as the Policy for PoD is not limited to setting up a committee or creating a physical facility, it focuses on an all-encompassing transformation and modification of society. This covers refinement of construction, design, and functionality of institutes, public places, transportation, and more.

Few of the transformations made by the UAE in compliance with PoD requirements: –

  • Residential properties and the basic interior accessibility of public places.
  • Public transportation.
  • Accessibility inside banks, hospitals, and other public places.
  • Driving and parking accessibilities.
  • Adapting Universal Design

What is Universal Design?

The Universal Design approach, as it is known, is based on the idea that design could improve accessibility far more than what the law requires if it aims to improve function for a wider range of people. In its most broad sense, the universal design aims at ensuring diversity and equity inaccessibility and functionality.

Thus, universal design should be seen as a process rather than an end goal.

People of Determination Card

The people of determination card are a personal identification card issued by the Ministry of Community Development to the people of determination. Also known as the ‘Sanad’ Card, with the Sanad Card, a database for people with disabilities in Dubai can be developed, which can be used to design programs and services that address and match their needs.

National Policy for Empowerment of People of Determination

Among its efforts to bring about comprehensive community development, the UAE Government has implemented a national policy launched by Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that empowers people of determination in UAE. Its goal is to create an inclusive society for them and their families, by accommodating their needs with services and facilities.

The policy has the following features: –

  1. It proclaims that people with disabilities are ‘determined ones’
  2. Has constituted an advisory council that will consist of members of the federal and local governments as well as members of society providing advice on achieving the policy goals.
  3. Every government institution should designate a person who is responsible for the facilitation of services for people with special needs. The official will be referred to as the Service Officer for the Determined Ones.

edirect abides by the policy and has developed various websites that have been PoD friendly, containing accessibility tool, thus making it easier to navigate and use by the people of determination.

Making Digital Platforms Seamless for People of Determination

Digital Solutions for the People of Determination in UAE

Physical limitations do not prevent a person from learning, exploring the world, being productive, or experiencing autonomy for that matter.

The government has developed online portals that can be accessed seamlessly by the PoD. Government initiatives have been conducted to educate and improve the digital skills of vulnerable groups in the UAE. A few of these services are: –

  • Availability of online educational material in Braille
  • Online availability of documents translated into sign language
  • Online Application for Sanad Card
  • Online availability of various services like issue of health card
  • Social Media for the PoD (under development)
  • Job portals for the PoD

Dubai Club for People of Determination

Dubai Club for People of Determination aims to rehabilitate disabled persons both physically and mentally so they can contribute to society’s development, including in sport, culture, and social activities. In addition to offering a wide range of sports that could be adapted for members with disabilities, the club spared no effort to ensure that all facilities were available to them. The Club encourages athletes to participate in all sports competitions, both locally and internationally, leading to podiums in local and international forums. Furthermore, the Club took into consideration the cultural level of its members, as this component is essential to the development of a human being.

Other initiatives include

Rashid Centre for People of Determination

Young people of determination in UAE are offered therapeutic, educational, mental, and physical support at the Rashid Centre for People of Determination. The purpose of the centre is empowerment, employment, and integration. As part of its development, it provides support for children and teens with disabilities, including physical, mental, and sensory. As part of its comprehensive curriculum and remedial modalities, Rashid Centre for People of Determination offers vocational training, which has enabled some of its students to find employment.

rashid center for people of determination

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) operates in Abu Dhabi, as an umbrella organization for all humanitarian bodies, social services, people-of-determination institutions, and any future human rights groups. The law No. (2) dated April 19, 2004, was issued by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, during his tenure as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Centres and clubs at ZHOs are contributing to the noble goals, demonstrating a keen interest in this segment of society.

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