The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Marks White Cane Safety Day with ‘‘Vision of Will’ Event
The Department and Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination organise special event to increase empathy for visually impaired people
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO) held a special event on 15 October, 2019 at Manarat Al Saadiyat to raise awareness about visually impaired people.
The event, which marked international White Cane Safety Day as part of the ‘Vision of Will’ initiative, began with a tour for people of determination at the Special Olympics Park at Manarat Al Saadiyat. This was followed with a special walk that simulated the perceptions of blind people, followed by sound therapy sessions and ending with a workshop at Manarat Al Saadiyat’s Art Studio.
“This event is one of the many steps DCT Abu Dhabi has taken to contribute towards to support efforts to promote tolerance and inclusion through awareness and compassion with all the society,” said HE Saood Al Hosani, Executive Director, Support Services Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi.
“Hence, it is of utmost importance to educate ourselves and the members of our community about the challenges people of determination face, in order to create a more inclusive society that recognises and empathises with those around us.
“Because of the efforts that the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination has made, the community at large now has more opportunities to both empathise with and to learn about people of determination’s strengths and capabilities.
“We are pleased to cooperate with the effective community-based institutions to see their role in the concerted and cooperation of members of the community to support the people of determination and participation of their achievements.”
One of the key activities that took place was the awareness tour, which saw participation from DCT Abu Dhabi and ZHO staff, including visually challenged staff members, as well as visually challenged public school students. The event also was attended by parents and local community members.