About Us

Accessible Qatar, an initiative by Sasol, is a smart phone application and website, where the disabled community is able to view the public and touristic locations and outlets in Qatar and see whether they are accessible and in what way. Combining expertly-audited accessibility data with user-submitted reviews and ratings, the disabled community and tourists will be able to move about more confidently, knowing they can arrive and leave any spot without unwelcomed surprises that limit access. Accessible Qatar builds on Sasol’s ongoing Definitely Able CSR initiative. The concept for the initiative grew out of a session held during last year’s Definitely Able Conference, where disabled individuals from around Qatar, the region and the world discussed inclusion for people with disability as full members of society. Having accessibility information publicly available on Accessible Qatar will encourage venues to make necessary modifications in support of accessibility for all patrons. Accessible Qatar will support promoting Qatar as an accessible destination.

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Sasol

Sasol is an international integrated chemicals and energy company that leverages technologies and the expertise of our 30 400 people working in 36 countries. We develop and commercialise technologies, and build and operate world-scale facilities to produce a range of high-value product stream, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. Sasol is a joint venture partner with Qatar Petroleum in ORYX GTL, the world’s first commercial-scale GTL plant based in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. The plant uses Sasol proprietary gas-to–liquids (GTL) technology to convert natural gas into liquid fuel and chemical products. Sasol is committed to giving back to the communities it serves in a meaningful, thoughtful, and creative way. In Qatar, Sasol partners with established organisations, helping them reach more people or take on a new challenge via community initiatives that help support individuals to reach their ambitions


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Definitely Able

‘Definitely Able’ is a Sasol corporate responsibility initiative in Qatar. Launched in 2012, the initiative aims to highlight the positive contributions of, and create opportunities for, people living with disabilities. The initiative partners with local stakeholders while raising awareness to promote social acceptance and inclusion for disabled people. Using sport, culture, art and education as bridges to understanding, ‘Definitely Able’ focuses on the abilities of people living with disability. For further information, please email to info@definitelyable.com

Partners

Ministry of Municipality and Environment

Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) is a service Ministry directly related to the general public, in order to meet the many requirements of their daily life, and contribute through its subsidiary departments, municipalities and centers, to the rapid development of the State of Qatar. This is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, that aims to place the country among the developed countries, based on the pillars of human development, economic, social and environmental development.

Qatar Tourism Authority

Qatar Tourism Authority’s mission is to firmly establish Qatar on the global map as a world-class tourism destination with deep cultural roots. In 2014 QTA launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. QTA works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to plan, regulate and promote a sustainable and diverse tourism industry. As part of its regulation efforts, QTA released a new hotel grading and classification system in January 2016, paving the way for a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and accessible hospitality sector. Uniquely, this new system holds developers, owners, management and operators equally accountable for the property’s classification. In 2016 QTA partnered with Accessible Qatar to ensure that disabled individuals in Qatar, whether visitors or residents, benefit from the new standards of accessibility in the country’s tourist establishments and venues.

HBKU and TII

Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), is located within Education City, Doha (Qatar). HBKU delivers an array of Masters and Doctoral programs through its interdisciplinary graduate Colleges, among which the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, home of the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII). Established in September 2012, as a noble initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, TII has become a prime educational and professional center in Qatar through its first-class Masters programs, validated by the University of Geneva, as well as its high-quality translation and interpreting services and language programs. TII’s mission is to educate engaged professionals and researchers who will contribute towards a more inclusive society by bridging the gap between languages and cultures and making information, entertainment, culture and heritage accessible to all, including people with disabilities


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Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Along with its stakeholders, the SC is tasked with delivering stadiums and other infrastructure, as well as host country operations, for an amazing 2022 FIFA World Cup™ that leaves a lasting legacy for Qatar, the region and the world.


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Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Center

Mada, the Qatar Assistive Technology Center, is a non-profit organization committed to connecting people with disabilities to the world of information and community technology. Founded in 2010, Mada is subsidiary of the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and works to improve digital inclusion for people with disabilities in the State of Qatar. People with visual, hearing, physical and learning disabilities are able to access a wide range of services that facilitate the greater use of technology in different settings. Mada also works with web developers and producers of digital content to create platforms that meet international standards of e-Accessibility. By working with different community stakeholders in the areas of education, employment and independent living, Mada works to build local capacities according to international best practices in each of these areas. The center also conducts several awareness activities throughout the year to highlight the impact of assistive technology in the lives of people with disabilities in Qatar and beyond. Mada’s Vision: “All People with a Disability in Qatar reaching their full potential through Information and Communication Technology.” Mada’s Mission: “Unlock the potential of all People with a Disability in Qatar by enabling both individuals and their environment through Information and Communication Technology.”

Shafallah

Shafallah Center was established in 1999 under the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Bint Nasser to meet Qatari society need to create a comprehensive, leading, and non-profit center dedicated to children with special needs. The center provides specialized services in accordance with scientific basis and standards within the best practices to achieve maximum independence for individuals with disabilities, and to spread disability awareness through a highly efficient team of world-class programs.

The Qatari Center of Social Cultural for the Blind

Qatar Social and Cultural Center for Blind was established in the year 1984 in accordance with the Provisions of Law No. (5), Law No. (21) for the year 1987, and Law No. (17) for the year 1994 to regulate clubs under the supervision of the General Youth Authority. The idea of establishment rooted from the deep faith for the blind community’s rights to showcase their abilities and skills. The Center’s objectives are discussing about the blind community in cultural exhibitions, festivals and lectures and prompting them, enhancing communication between the blind, visually impaired and the community, spreading awareness among the blind through various ways, removing obstacles from the blind community’s lives, working with the blind on beneficial topics and prompting the relations between the center members and the members of the Arabic and international centers.

The Qatari Center of Social Cultural for the Deaf

QCSCD is the first center of its kind in Qatar specialized in caring for People with Audio Disability in the fields of education, awareness, and entertainment. Our Programs and interests cover all groups of People with Audio Disability (Male/Female) regardless of their nationality and age. QCSCD is under The General Authority of Youth organizationally, administratively and financially. QCSCD became a member in the World Federation of the Deaf in July 2007.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies Qatar was founded in 2008 by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Misned, and it has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Social Work Foundation since 2013.