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New digital initiative launched to empower people with disability

20 Oct 2019
New digital initiative launched to empower people with disability

Minister of Communications and Information Technology H.E. Eng. Abdullah Al-Swaha and Minister of Labor and Social Development Chairman of the Board of Directors of Authority for Care of People with Disabilities H.E. Ahmed Al-Rajhi inaugurated the Digital Initiative for Empowering People with Disabilities. The Initiative is launched by Authority for Care of People with Disability in partnership with Ministry of Communications Information Technology (MCIT) and Ministry of Labor and Social Development with the aim of enabling competent persons with disability (PWDs) and facilitating their access to suitable employment opportunities, in addition to adapting the requirements of the Saudi labor market to the digital skills acquired by young people with disability.

The initiative has a number of strategic objectives, including development of programs and plans aimed at qualifying and linking PWDs to digitally appropriate job opportunities, strengthening the position of persons with disabilities in society and organizing awareness campaigns with the private sector to enable competent PWDs to start and continue in the professional field. It also includes preparing for studies, statistics and reports of the Saudi labor market as a database for providing suitable job opportunities, understanding the requirements of the labor market and creating training programs for the qualification of competent PWDs, and sketching the integrated career path, from making the CV through to entering the labor market. Periodic based indicator-based reports will be issued, showing employment and satisfaction ratios, in addition to monitoring of professional performance and educating PWDs with the laws and regulations on the labor market.

The mission of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in this partnership is on the LinkedIn platform. MCIT will monitor the performance of PWDs in the IT jobs and making logistical arrangements for training courses to be provided for PWDs in the IT specializations. MCIT will also create the relevant platform and link it to the webpage provided for this purpose on MCIT’s website.

The tasks of the Authority for Care of People with Disabilities are limited to providing a list of PWDs for publication on the LinkedIn platform, making logistical arrangements for training courses, and coordinating with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to provide LinkedIn with statistics and laws/regulations on the Saudi labor market.

Minister of ICT MCIT Ministry of ICT ICT digital Persons with Disability PWD Ministry of Labor and Social Development

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