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.

Solution
One-stop-shop for accessibility technologies in Qatar
Organization
Mada Assistive Technology Centre
Country of Implementation
Qatar
Region
Asia & Pacific
Subregion
MENA
First published
31.01.2014

As well as delivering direct services, Mada 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.

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Mada is a one-stop-shop for all aspects of accessible technology for persons with disabilities: a young man explores using an iPad with two Mada team members.

Solution details

People

David BANES
“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.

Problems Targeted

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

Media

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38_Mada - Qatar Assistive Technology Center_FotoMada is a one-stop-shop for all aspects of accessible technology for persons with disabilities: a young man explores using an iPad with two Mada team members.

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Solutions with the same:

Country of Implementation

Qatar

Region of Implementation

Asia & Pacific