(MENAFN - Arab News) The World Disabled Day was observed on Friday under the patronage of Prince Sultan bin Nasir bin Abdul Aziz as part of a campaign to bridge the gap between disabled people and society at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah.
The campaign was launched by Prince Sultan's office in Jeddah with the cooperation of the Jeddah Amal Center for the Disabled, Hope Center for the Disabled, the Jeddah Traffic and Civil Defense departments to promote social activities and to spread awareness of the importance of social responsibility toward the disabled.
"I am very glad and proud of the Saudi youth who came forward to organize and participate in this program which is especially for the disabled people and children to help them integrate into normal society and save them from being alienated," he said.
Dr. Wasif Ahmed Fadil Kabli the deputy president of the advisory council and president of the executive committee of the Amal Center for the Disabled, said that they had organized the World Disabled Day to bring everyone under one roof and let the disabled feel that they are part of the society.
"Our city is still not ready to accept the handicapped, so such programs will help people come closer to the disabled and empathize with them," he said. "It is also the responsibility of the youth to come forward and lend the disabled a helping hand to interact with society."
He said shopping malls and entertainment arcades should be equipped to facilitate the movement of physically disabled people so that they too can enjoy these leisure centers like everyone else.
The program opened with the national anthem and a patriotic song by Yaqoub Ali Jasees.
Rakan Baziyeed, a handicapped wheel-chair trainer, thanked the prince and the organizers for the celebrations and said such programs were an opportunity for the disabled to mingle with society and boost their confidence.
He demonstrated the proper and effective use of the wheel-chair for mobility. "This is part of your life so it should be perceived as a normal means of transport," he said.