Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with disabilities to the world of information and communication technology. Mada was established by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in June 2010 as a public private partnership.
Every day, the Mada team works closely with disabled people, caregivers, and professionals by providing expert advice and assessment on a wide variety of Assistive Technologies that cater to persons with physical, hearing, visual, and learning disabilities. The Center also provides technology through a Universal Loan Program, where disabled citizens and residents of Qatar can be provided with different access technologies based on their needs and abilities. The provision of technology is also bolstered by an intensive Training program that is available throughout the year.
In 2014, Mada launched its new strategy, Inclusion through Technology, that puts forth a three-year national plan for using technology to improve the lives of people with a disability in Qatar. The strategy has emerged through interaction and consultation with a range of stakeholders, both within and beyond Qatar. More importantly, the disability community in Qatar has participated in developing that national strategy outlining the future direction of Mada’s efforts.
The strategy allows for a broad approach that encompasses the wide experience of people with a disability and the pervasive nature of technology, alongside a deep approach that addresses issues within each domain, guaranteeing the implementation of appropriate accessible technologies.
To view the Inclusion through Technology Strategy, please visit this link.