5th International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation to be held in Riyadh

Updated 21 January 2018

5th International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation to be held in Riyadh

RIYADH: Preparatory committees continue to hold meetings for the 5th International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation that is to be held under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the founder of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), on April 1-2, 2018.

The head of the conference’s scientific committee, Ali bin Nasser Al-Adheeb, said the conference, which is organized by the KSCDR, will address sensory, motor, mental and behavioral disabilities.

He added: “More than 80 local and international experts from 24 countries will speak during the conference, and will showcase many research conclusions in several fields, including medical research for preventative programs; developments in the field of diagnosis; autism spectrum disorder research; and therapeutic interventions.

“The conference will also address the latest developments in rehabilitation, which include accident and stroke survivors; rehabilitation for the elderly; modern rehabilitation technology; community rehabilitation; and the private sector’s role in providing rehabilitation services,” he continued.

Speakers will focus on the educational aspect, such as measurement and diagnostic tools, programs and mechanisms for early intervention in cases of learning difficulties, and higher education for the disabled.

Al-Adheeb pointed out that this conference was organized as a result of the success of the four previous conferences organized by KSCDR.

“This conference was organized as part of the center’s role in providing the services and programs that target disabled people, who have more determination and inspiration that many others,” he said.

“The status quo of disability and rehabilitation imposed many topics and challenges for the conference, which directly contribute to serving the disabled and improving the workers’ skills and knowledge in the field in a manner that ensures achieving Vision 2030’s sustainable development goals.”

The conference’s secretary general, Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya, highlighted that an exhibition for companies specialized in relevant modern technical devices will accompany the conference.

‘Spy cell’ in Saudi Arabia sought foreign financing

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‘Spy cell’ in Saudi Arabia sought foreign financing

RIYADH: Members of a “spy cell,” arrested by Saudi Arabia’s state security presidency two days ago, sought to “incite strife by communicating with foreign entities hostile to the Kingdom and to establish a false legal organization, according to information received by Asharq Al-Awsat from informed sources.
The sources said most of the cell’s suspects claim to have religious obligations and were using human rights as a pretext to violate the country’s systems. One of the arrested suspects had volunteered to defend people who tried to produce chaos and incite strife inside the Kingdom, according to the sources.
Another member of the cell had contacted a foreign entity “hostile to Saudi Arabia, to receive financial support in exchange for continuing to incite trouble.”
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nahas, member of Shoura Committee Council on Foreign Affairs, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday that the Kingdom is capable of overcoming many security challenges due to the vigilance of its security apparatus.
For his part, Dr. Yusuf Al-Rumaih, professor of criminology at Al-Qassim University told Asharq Al-Awsat that “Saudi Arabia is a state built on the foundations of justice and it enshrines the principal of equality for all before the law.”
Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the security spokesman of the Presidency of State Security as saying that seven people have been arrested for suspicious communication with foreign entities and actions against the state.

It said authorities detected coordinated activities by a group of people, who carried out organized work to violate the religious and national principles of the Kingdom.
“They also had communications with foreign entities to support their activities and sought to recruit persons working in sensitive government posts as well as providing financial support to hostile elements abroad with the objective of undermining the Kingdom’s security and stability, its social peace and national cohesion,” the spokesperson added.