Fatma Al Jassim Conducts a Workshop for People of Determination

Press Release

In tribute to building legacy around Special Olympics World Games 2019, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) hosted the People of Determination Support Training workshop, a new inclusion program which took place on April 5 and 6. The event was organized by NYUAD’s Office of Community Outreach in collaboration with Fatma Al Jassim, UAE youth delegate to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the United Nations (UN) and an advocate of people of determination.

The People of Determination Support Training workshop was offered to students passionate about supporting people of determination. The workshop was attended by over 25 participants in 2018-2019 this year, including Special Olympics volunteer ambassadors, students from NYUAD’s Public Health Think Tank conference, and students from other universities.

The People of Determination Support Training is designed to be holistic. It opens the doors for everyone in the community to not only understand the perspectives of people of determination, but also experience it starting from etiquette, to accessibility, reaching the global context and challenges in the disability sector.


UAE youth delegate to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the United Nations (UN) Fatma Al Jassim

The event developed the participants’ core practical skills through training about disability etiquette and  accommodation for people with determination. It also offered participants an overview of disability insights and challenges in a global context, and provided them with insights on the development and application of disability policies.

Through the training, Fatma revolutionized my thinking by teaching me new modes of conceptualizing and understanding the experiences of people of determination. This opened my eyes to the many ways in which our environment is implicitly and explicitly ableist, broadening my perspective and allowing me to critically reflect on the nature of the world around me.


NYUAD Class of 2020 student Athena Thomas

Another participant in the workshop Hafsa Ahmed, NYUAD Student Class of 2020, said: “It's easy to go by everyday life with minimal or very superficial and service-level engagements with people of determination in your community. Taking the workshop with Fatma and getting to know her wonderful personality not only allowed me to critically analyze the kinds of easily overlooked structural barriers faced by people of determination but also gave me the chance to make a new friend.”

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.