Dr Ayesha Saeed Husaini

Director

Manzil Center

Dr. Husaini – Founder Director is one of the rare Directors in the region with a Ph.D. in Special Education, from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her thesis on ‘Inclusion in the UAE' gives her a unique grounding on the needs of UAE society and how best to include individuals with disabilities. She also has a Doctor of Letters Honorary Degree from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her Psychology Honours Thesis in the disability arena ranked First in Delhi University, and she also got a University Ranking in her Master's Degree in Social Work. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management and has recently been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by The University of Sheffield in recognition of her achievements in supporting the educational needs of individuals with disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience in the inclusion arena and has won several special education, social impact, and business awards. She continues to work closely with the UAE Government & serves on Dubai's Community Development Authority PWD Advocacy Committee as well as Abu Dhabi’s AccessAbilities Expo Advisory Board. She has signed MoUs with the Ministry of Education & Ajman Chamber of Commerce to roll out inclusion mandates. She is also the Head of the Advisory Board for ILM Consultants, an organization focusing on workplace inclusion, and serves as the Governor of Inclusion on the Boards of several schools in the UAE.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Wellbeing Space

15 November 2022 | 16:00 - 16:20 | English | Successful pathways from inclusive education to inclusive employment

The presentation seeks to elucidate ideas related to identifying & overcoming the barriers PwD face within the education to employment pipeline. The specific questions addressed are: What roles can students, educators, employers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders serve to distribute the responsibility of developing and maintaining successful education for employment pathways using a user-centric approach? What are promising practices that can occur at multiple developmental levels concerning disability that contribute to the success of people with disabilities in employment? What solutions can leapfrog from the lived experiences of people with disabilities - to increase the success of people with disabilities in careers? The creation of holistic transition solutions, including real-world training as part of education, and distributing the responsibility across stakeholders will increase employment opportunities and longer retention for people with disabilities.