Mada is the world’s
Center of Excellence
in digital access in Arabic.
Mada – Assistive Technology Center Qatar is a private institution for public benefit, which was founded in 2010 as an initiative that aims at promoting digital inclusion and building a technology-based community that meets the needs of persons with functional limitations (PFLs) – persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly in Qatar. Mada today is the world’s Center of Excellence in digital access in Arabic, as we were able to get Qatar to rank first worldwide on the Digital Accessibility Rights Evaluation Index (DARE) 2020, issued by the United Nation’s Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict).
The Center works through smart strategic partnerships to enable the education sector to ensure inclusive education, the culture and community sector through ICTs to become more inclusive, and the employment sector to enhance employment opportunities, professional development and entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities.
The Center achieves its goals by building partners’ capabilities and supporting the development and accreditation of digital platforms in accordance with international standards of digital access. Mada also raises awareness, provides consulting services, and increases the number of assistive technology solutions in Arabic through the Mada Innovation Program to ensure equal opportunities for the participation of persons with disabilities in the digital society.
Enhancing ICT Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in Qatar and beyond
Empowering PWDs to participate and live independently through fostering the ecosystem of ICT Accessibility