Mada, a public-private partnership in Qatar, is a one-stop-shop for all accessibility technologies for persons with disabilities. It offers direct services, works on website accessibility certificates and establishes a library of accessible books. Currently it is beginning to influence regional services in other Arabic-speaking countries.
- One-stop-shop for accessibility technologies in Qatar
- Mada Assistive Technology Centre
- Country of Implementation
- Asia & Pacific
- First published
“Mada suggests a model of delivery that is holistic, integrating services across ages, settings and need for greatest impact.” David BANES
Mada was established by the Supreme Council for Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar) in June 2010 as a public-private partnership with Qtel, Vodafone Qatar, Qatar National Bank and Microsoft. Mada is a one-stop-shop for all aspects of accessible technology for persons with disabilities. As well as delivering direct services, the centre has sought to introduce a range of technology to support Arabic speakers, introducing website accessibility certification, establishing the first major repository of accessible books online for Arabic users and supporting Arabic innovation and research in access technologies.
By placing assistive technologies in classrooms, workplaces, and homes throughout Qatar, persons with disabilities will be able to work, attend class, and connect with peers from around the world.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
One-stop-shop for assistive technology in Arabic