CAIRO: The Governorate of Cairo will open in 20 days 12 new centers equipped with the highest level of technology in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication to serve people with special needs.
Governor of Cairo, Galal Saeed, added in press statements Thursday that the centers are among the framework of the governorate’s plan to provide services for people with special needs.
The services include operating public transportation buses set with the latest equipment to facilitate disabled people’s conditions.
Cairo governorate also distributed 50 motorcycles equipped for people with disabilities, free of charge, during an event organized Thursday by the Social Affairs Directorate and 27 associations.
Saeed thanked all associations and civil society organizations that participated in helping people with special needs.
General Secretary of National Council for Disability Affairs, Hossam el-Massah, attended the event.
The governor stressed that all officials in the governorate seek to meet all the requirements of people with special needs, including housing, transportation, providing work opportunities, and motivating them to live without any obstacles.
Furthermore, Minister of Manpower Nahed Hasan Ashry issued Thursday directions to all manpower directorates to notify different employers to provide work opportunities for people with special needs, in a matter no different than “healthy people”, as long as they have the required qualifications, according to el-Balad.
She added that the new constitution ensures their rights on different levels, including political rights, based on the principles of equality and justice.
It is worth mentioning that there are no exact statistics about the number of people with special needs in Egypt, but Massah told Al-Ahram last September that there are around 15 million disabled people in Egypt.