On May 18, 2021, Zhang Haidi, president of Rehabilitation International (RI) and chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF), invited the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO), an executive department responsible for disability-related affairs in Emirate of Abu Dhabi to join RI, a global organization and network that empowers people with disabilities, to expand beneficial cooperation for people with disabilities.
The ZHO and the CDPF, China’s umbrella organization for persons with diverse disabilities, jointly launched a cooperative ceremony via video link and exchanged cooperation memorandums.
Zhang Haidi, Ni Jian, Chinese ambassador to the UAE; Ali Al Dhaheri, UAE ambassador to China; Zhou Changkui, director of the CDPF executive council; and Abdulla Abdulalee Alhumaidan, general secretary of the ZHO, attended the ceremony.
The ZHO and the CDPF previously launched a sign language project together that has achieved fruitful results. Under the project, they released a UAE-China Sign Language Dictionary to increase exchanges between people with hearing impairments in the two countries and this has provided a solid guarantee for cooperation between the two sides in disability-related areas. On this basis, the two sides are willing to step up continuous mutual cooperation.
Zhang expressed that the relations between China and the UAE are based on a high level of mutual trust and deep-rooted friendship, and the CDPF looked forward to cooperating with the ZHO on a range of issues including rehabilitation of people with disabilities, education, employment and barrier free environments, so that they can make new contributions to improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities and developing international programs for them.
As the president of RI, Zhang also invited the ZHO to join RI to benefit more people with disabilities.
Ni said the event will be a new achievement as China and the UAE continue to seek cooperation in new areas and also a push for the two peoples to further develop friendship.
Alhumaidan said the cooperation between two organizations will become a model protecting people with disabilities and empowering them.
Dhaheri hoped that the cooperation will promote the integrated development of the disability-related causes.