ZHO in Brief
With the aim of aligning and consolidating the efforts made in the field of special needs care, and as per the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may his soul rest in peace), H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President, issued, during his tenure as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the Law No. (2) dated April 19, 2009, establishing Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO) in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as an umbrella for all humanitarian bodies, social services, special needs institutions and any future bodies established in Abu Dhabi for humanitarian goals. The Amiri decree No. (7), for the year 2014, has been issued, on 29/05/2014, forming a new Board of Directors for Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Persons with Disabilities, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
ZHO enjoys full financial and administrative independence and is run by its Board of Directors of 7 to 11 members. ZHO performs its activities as per the plans and directives of its Board to achieve its goals. The Board takes all necessary actions and measures to ensure ZHO’s efficient functioning. All ZHO’s humanitarian institutions are contributing to achieving the noble goals, showing a keen interest in this segment of society.
With centers and clubs for special needs and humanitarian care across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation (assessment, early intervention, physiotherapy, functional therapy, speech therapy, and vocational training workshops), psychological care, family counseling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities.
How are services delivered to people with special needs?
Throughout its history, ZHO has made wide strides and considerable achievements, notably its expansion plans to accommodate disabled people all over the emirate of Abu Dhabi. All along, it was inspired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on the need to widen the ZHO scope of service and create new sections and therapeutic units in all centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. Under the General Secretariat of the Organization, there are three Sectors: Administrative and Financial Support Sector, Persons with Disabilities Sector.
Are all services provided by all centers?
All services are provided by most centers. However, service provision depends on the real need for a certain service. Abu Dhabi Center in Al Mufraq is one of the largest and most comprehensive centers.