RTA launches braille manuals

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by Staff  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched two manuals for the visually impaired. The manuals will help spread awareness about road safety and use of Dubai metro.

The braille language manual about the metro was published in cooperation with Emirates Association of the Visually Impaired, while the School Safety Manual was brought out in association with Tamkeen Foundation a subsidiary of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

The manuals were launched as part of ‘My Community a Place for All’ initiative by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council. The initiative aims at converting Dubai into a fully friendly city for special needs by 2020.

The School Safety Manual will be distributed to blind students in schools, with the help of KHDA.

“This step is taken in implementation of Shaikh Hamdan’s initiative to convert Dubai special needs friendly city. It also comes under a broader framework of boosting the effectiveness of the existing projects and introducing new ones to maximise the participation and integration of this important segment in the community,” said Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA.

He added that the campaign also aims at figuring out new avenues for bypassing all obstacles in the way of enabling the disabled to positively engage within their social environment.

The Dubai Metro manual for the visually impaired includes information about how to plan for the metro trip, how to access the metro stations and how to board the train, and use the Nol card. More info