KSA setting up commission to help disabled people integrate with mainstream society

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), speaks in Riyadh on May 25, 2018
Updated 27 May 2018

KSA setting up commission to help disabled people integrate with mainstream society

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman says the King Salman Center for Disability Research, which he chairs, will act as the commission's scientific arm…
  • Saudi people are aware of the challenges that people with special needs and their families face, and appreciate the positive contributions they make to society, says Prince Sultan.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will set up a high-powered national commission to help disabled people in the Kingdom integrate with mainstream society.

“The creation of this new commission is an important step, a historic move,” said Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), on Friday.

Prince Sultan, who is also chairman of the Riyadh-based Disabled Children Association (DCA) and president and chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), said that “the creation of the national commission by King Salman is a very important decision.”

“The commission is now under establishment. I am working closely with the Ministry of Labor on this,” he said.

“We are waiting for the announcement of the chief executive officer of the new commission.” The government will announce the commission’s board members shortly, he said.

Prince Sultan said: “The KSCDR will be working with the commission as the latter’s scientific arm… we will complement each other.”

Prince Sultan said the recent International Conference for Disability and Rehabilitation in Riyadh was “probably the biggest forum ever held in Saudi Arabia in terms of focusing on issues faced by people suffering from mental and physical disabilities.” 

More than 5,000 participants from around the world attended the conference in April.

Saudi people are aware of the challenges that people with special needs and their families face, and appreciate the positive contributions they make to society, Prince Sultan said.


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incodent the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.