In cooperation with the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Friday, April 22nd 2016 [ME NewsWire]
The Criminal Investigation Department at Abu Dhabi Police recently launched a community-based initiative that is considered the first of its kind for visually impaired people and their families to raise their awareness about the dangers of drugs. The initiative avails of the “Braille” system that is widely used by blind people to read and write, in order to combat this scourge, protect community members from falling prey to drugs and extend a helping hand to addicts.
The Abu Dhabi Police received 100 Braille awareness booklets from the Blind Printing Press Center of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. These booklets are designed to acquaint visually impaired and blind people with the dangers of drugs. Both parties collaborated to issue these booklets to become a beacon of knowledge for this category of people with special needs. The Criminal Investigation Department, represented by the Anti-Drug Section, provided the awareness and educational content, while the Security Media Department carried out the technical supervision and the cover page based on the media identity. The Blind Printing Press Center printed the booklets in Braille using its own specialized printing machines. The booklets will be distributed to the relevant competent authorities, universities, and institutions wishing to acquire them.
Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, Head of the Anti-Drug Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said: “This community-based initiative comes in line with the ‘Hope Plant’ initiative, implemented as per the instructions of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to provide support and care to people with disabilities and allow them to enjoy a decent life.”
Colonel Al Darmaki noted that this humanitarian initiative, which was adopted by the Anti-Drug Section at the Criminal Investigation Department, aims to inform community members, especially blind people, about the dangers of drugs and the resulting problems, in addition to the dangers of this scourge that destroys the future of young people and addicts. He also highlighted the importance of this police initiative, which embodies the mission undertaken by both, the Abu Dhabi Police and the Zayed Higher Organization, to provide support and care to people with special needs and integrate them into society.
Moreover, Colonel Al Darmaki noted that the initiative aims at educating and raising awareness of blind people and their families about the dangers of drugs. He said: “Media campaigns, seminars, and public meetings usually focused on sighted people. However, there was a need to raise awareness of blind people and their families about the dangers of drug use and abuse, and draw community members and institutions’ attention to the need to protect people with disabilities against all types of dangers, being an important social category.”
Furthermore, Colonel Al Darmaki stressed the keenness of the Anti-Drug Section to make the most of its potential to provide optimal and superior services to the public, especially people with special needs and their families; as part of the plans aimed at reinforcing support for people with special needs. “This approach is in response to the directives of the higher leadership, which dedicates significant attention to supporting, integrating, and empowering this segment, as it is an integral part of the fabric of the UAE society,” he noted. He also indicated that such initiatives contribute to reinforcing social ties and strategic partnerships between social institutions and blind people.
A delegation from the Anti-Drug Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), headed by Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, Head of the Section, recently visited the Blind Printing Press Center at the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. The delegation was greeted upon arrival by Nae’ma Abdul Rahman Al Mansouri, Acting Director of the Abu Dhabi Centre for Care and Rehabilitation and Director of the Blind Printing Press Center at the Organization.
The delegation reviewed the tasks carried out by the Blind Printing Press Center at the Zayed Higher Organization. They also commended the different learning methods, aids and practices provided for the blind, using the «Braille» system, as well as the advanced technical devices and special equipment to support the integration of this category into the society. The delegation members toured the Blind Printing Press Center and were briefed on the printing services it provides and the special programs it undertakes under the supervision of qualified sighted and visually impaired staff members.
Nae’ma Abdul Rahman Al Mansouri handed over Colonel Al Darmaki 100 copies of the drug awareness brochures designed primarily for use by blind and visually-impaired people. Colonel Al Darmaki pointed out to the importance of the initiative in upgrading the level of services provided to the public, especially the services aimed at empowering and integrating visually-impaired people into society, protecting children and raising their awareness against the dangers of drugs, and educating families about this dangerous scourge.
Nae’ma Al Mansouri welcomed the visiting delegation. She praised the humanitarian initiative implemented by the Abu Dhabi Police, and their keenness to provide care and support to people with special needs. She also commended the valuable role played by the ADP to ensure stability, progress and sustainable development for all community members. “The initiative provides blind people with correct information about the drugs scourge, using a writing system that suits them; to shed the light on the negative effects of drug use and abuse, and boost blind people’s culture regarding this danger. As a part of this initiative, brochures will also be distributed to allow blind and visually impaired people invest their time with purposeful activities that raise their awareness about the dangers of drugs,” she explained.
Al Mansouri commended the successful strategic partnership and outstanding relation between the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and the Abu Dhabi Police. “This joint effort is a perfect model that illustrates the outstanding and fruitful cooperation and concerted efforts between governmental institutions, to provide care and assistance to people with special needs and guarantee their right to live in dignity, security and stability,” she said. She also expressed her admiration for the level of the service provided by the Abu Dhabi police; and for the keenness of the Criminal Investigation Department’s officials to issue these brochures in support of blind and visually-impaired people; and to assist the Zayed Higher Organization in its efforts to integrate visually-impaired people into society. She also commended their dedicated policing efforts to prepare the appropriate environment for blind and visually-impaired people, in a way that reflects the civilized image of the country.
Towards the end of the meeting, Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki presented Ms. Nae’ma Al Mansouri with a commemorative shield from the Anti-Drug Section at Abu Dhabi Police, in recognition of the joint efforts to boost cooperation according to the best international practices.
Colonel Al Darmaki: No drug abuse among blind people
Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, Head of the Anti-Drug Section at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Abu Dhabi Police, confirmed that the section has not registered any case of drugs’ use and abuse amongst blind or visually impaired people. He noted that the initiative aims to spread the policing culture, raise awareness about purposeful issues, and strengthen the law respect culture and community values. Colonel Al Darmaki pointed out to the Abu Dhabi police's keenness to provide all forms of support, find new ways to overcome obstacles that may impede the integration of people with special needs positively within their communities as individuals who are able to be productive and creative; thanks to the ongoing attention and support from the UAE leadership.
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