(MENAFN - Arab News) An exhibition will be held in Riyadh on Tuesday to highlight the plight of people with disabilities in the Kingdom, provide them job opportunities and showcase new products and services.
The exhibition is expected to attract people with disabilities, families, help groups, specialists, practitioners, manufacturers and dealers of rehabilitation equipment.
The event is being held under the aegis of Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Disabled Children's Association (DCA). The exhibition is called "Diaa 2013" and will be held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
"There are 720,000 people with disabilities in the Kingdom but the services provided to them are grossly inadequate. It is hardly enough to serve 3 percent of men who are disabled," the DCA said in a statement posted on its website.
According to the statement, 35.8 percent of this group of people have physical and mental disabilities and 39.8 percent compound disabilities.
The major objective of the exhibition is to showcase the latest tools to help people with disabilities and create job opportunities for competent and qualified disabled persons.
The DCA said that Diaa 2013 would be a "golden opportunity to recognize the importance of people with disabilities and the active role that they can play in the community." It aims to encourage various relevant sectors to provide quality services.