The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development awards Ithra the “Mowaamah” certification.

- Ithra was awarded the Gold Mowaamah certification for supporting the rights of persons with special needs.

Al-Dhahran –

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has announced that King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) has obtained a Gold Mowaamah certification for the accessible ecosystem the center provides to support persons with special needs in accordance with their required standards and needs. Throughout the year, the center has offered a number of initiatives, events and workshops to support the ambitions and talents of those with special needs in addition to providing them with services that guarantee their rights such as transportation, access to facilities and parking spaces, as well as providing services in Braille to facilitate reading for both blind and visually impaired people.

Mowaamah is one of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development’s programs launched to realize the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision to guarantee the rights of those with special needs. It aims to enable them to obtain suitable job opportunities and to provide them with all facilities and tools needed to succeed. The program also aims to motivate establishments to provide appropriate environments for them by adhering to specific standards and requirements. This enables establishments to obtain the necessary license to employ their skills, ensuring their independence and integration as active members of society.

The center’s division head of the technical services (TSD) department, Engineer Mohammad Al-Rabia expressed his pride and the honour for Ithra in being awarded this accreditation for complying with the standards and requirements of special needs in accordance with the Mowaamah certification as issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. The center is also working on reinforcing its facilities with the tools needed for them, considering them an integral part of the development process the center seeks to consolidate across all segments of society, as the center offered several events targeting people with special needs, most notably the interactive “Dialogue in the Dark” exhibition, which aimed to provide those with visual impairments a way to communicate directly with society.

The center also seeks to elevate the level of services provided to people with special needs through newly-developed innovative programs and events that are offered throughout the year. It offered various programs such as “Dialogue in the Dark” which was presented by a group of blind and visually impaired individuals to all participants of the interactive exhibition which included other activities such as dinning and various creative workshops. The center also provided the opportunity to support the blind during the Children’s Book Fair by offering them Braille-written publications to enrich their minds and skills.

It is worth noting that King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) provides unique ways and techniques to help people with special needs by integrating them into society, in addition to employing their abilities and utilizing their creative skills. The center is distinguished by providing training opportunities for a large number of people with special needs; By carrying out a variety of interactive activities, as well as integrating them into the center's voluntary programs and providing them with multiple opportunities.