Australian Disabled Access Consultants established their Middle Eastern Corporate headquarters office at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2007 under the trading name of Emirates Special Needs Consultants. Australian Disabled Access Consultants and Emirates Special Needs Consultants business partnership covers the United Arab Emirates to protect the rights of disabled people and people with special needs within the United Arab Emirates.
The Abu Dhabi Future Centre School for the rehabilitation of disabled children is a privately funded non-government institution dedicated to the rehabilitation of disabled children. Australian Disabled Access Consultants and Emirates Special Needs Consultants business partnership assisted the Abu Dhabi Future Centre School for the rehabilitation of disabled children by completing a full design assessment of a proposed 2-storey school and rehabilitation facility that included school rooms, treatment rooms, administration offices and offices, toilets and roof top swimming pool.
The conclusion of the Australian Disabled Access Consultants and Emirates Special Needs Consultants business partnership disability access and mobility assessment recommended that the Abu Dhabi Future Centre’s School building should be redesigned to comply with international planning and design practice for access and mobility of disabled children within the school building and grounds in respect to:
- Continuous pathways of travel within the building
- Building entries Roof top swimming pool access and safety aspects
- Roof top parapet safety aspects
- Car parking spaces and parking area layout
- Ramps Walkways
- Hand rails
- Grab rails Stairs and stairways
- Toilets Doors, door openings, door hardware and glazing
- Light switches General purpose outlets (power points)
- Lighting and illumination
- Signs and directory boards
- Door keying
- Fire hydrants
- Emergency call buttons within the building
- Emergency evacuation plan
The new Abu Dhabi Future School for the rehabilitation of disabled children has commenced construction with ALDAR Properties undertaking the project. The United Arab Emirates Disability Act (Federal Law No.29/2006) protects the rights of disabled children and all people with special needs. To correct this imbalance, they seek equitable access and related facilities for disabled children and people with special needs into new property developments.