More research is needed into how best to implement policies around inclusive employment in the UAE, it has been reported.

Ahead of the International Conference for Inclusive Employment and Occupation Learning (ICIECOL) in Dubai next month, the Community Development Authority (CDA) in the city has called on local and regional researchers to investigate and propose potential solutions to be submitted to the relevant authorities, according to Gulf News.

Dr Hussain Al Maseeh, social care expert at the CDA, told the newspaper that scientific data on the issue could greatly accelerate the full inclusion of ‘people of determination’ – those with disabilities – in the community.

He said that any research that considered the factors affecting people of determination, including laws, procedures and policies in the area of education and employment – and which could reflect the reality of their needs and requirements – would be of particular interest. It could be used as a basis from which inclusive education and employment programmes could be developed.

The conference is being held as part of the Dubai Strategy for People of Determination 2020. It aims to increase the local community’s awareness of the Dubai Strategy 2020 and the ultimate goal of making Dubai a disability-friendly city. The ICIECOL is also looking to involve national employers in matching skills and qualifications held by potential candidates with available jobs.

Earlier this year, Sheikh Mohammed said that people with disabilities would be called ‘people of determination’ from now on. He launched a National Policy for Empowering People of Determination during a visit to the Ministry of Community Development in April.

"Disability is in fact the inability to make progress and achievements. The achievements that people of determination have made in various spheres over the past years are proof that determination and strong will can do the impossible and encourage people to counter challenges and difficult circumstances while firmly achieving their goals,” he said at the time.

The national strategy revolves around six pillars: health, rehabilitation and accessibility; education; social security and family empowerment; public life; culture and sports.

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