UAE starts computer literacy for physically challenged

July 9th, 2009 - 7:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 9 (IANS) A United Arab Emirates (UAE) based computer literacy certification body has introduced a special programme that meets the needs of the physically challenged people, WAM news agency reported Thursday.
The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme, introduced by the ICDL Gulf Cooperation Council (ICDL GCC), empowers individuals with the concepts of computer science and practical use of desktop applications.

ICDL also provides dedicated accredited centres for the physically challenged that offer Braille embossed material, screen-readers, hearing devices, specially-designed keyboards as well as special assistance.

“We aim to establish new strategic alliances in order to expand the scope of our initiative to reach more people with special needs across the region,” said Jamil Ezzo, director general, ICDL GCC Foundation.

“These steps aim to promote the concepts of labour integration and skill development, which will enable people with special needs to tap some of the available opportunities in the open labour market,” he added.

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