DEWA unveils new inclusion initiative to support the disabled

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Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has launched a new programme to support the inclusion of People with Determination in the workplace and in society.

The utility has launched its ‘Inclusion POD Innovation Incubator’ initiative to encourage its subsidiaries to include people with disabilities in the workplace.

The launch is part of efforts by DEWA to achieve goals set under the Dubai Plan 2021 for Dubai to be a city of happy, creative, and empowered people who live in an inclusive and cohesive society.

The Inclusion POD Innovation Incubator includes programmes such as the Motivating Leadership programme, Training programme, Knowledge Management programme, Benchmarking Visits programme and Successful Stories programme.

To empower people with disabilities in society, DEWA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dubai Club for People with Determination (POD). The two will organise events and sustainable community activities such as sporting activities.

Training programmes will be held to empower POD. Dubai Club for People of Determination will train DEWA’s volunteers on ways to deal with POD and present a certificate on completion of training.

The agreement includes collaboration to organise training courses on Emirati sign language and awareness lectures about techniques of inclusion them.

It also includes focused group sessions, with the participation of Dubai Club for People of Determination and their families.

This will raise awareness of DEWA’s efforts POD inclusion. The two parties will also organise a sports day for DEWA’s employees and POD registered in the Club.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.