Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd's Accomplishments Initiatives

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz College for the Visually Impaired

According to WHO statistics in 2011, 285 million people are affected with visual impairment around the world. The visual disabilities range from total blindness to other different levels of visual impairment. According to the same source, blindness threats most visually impaired and the number of blind will increase exponentially in 2020. These indicators prove that visual impairment is an important disability that will affect a larger number of individuals across the globe. Medical research and medical intervention as well as preventive measures are all encouraged by world health organizations, governmental and nongovernmental organizations around the world. However, studies and statistics show that the affected individuals do not always get the right life opportunities. Efforts to provide the visually impaired with their basic rights remain insufficient, especially in terms of education and employment. All institutions and associations around the world, specialized in care for visually impaired individuals only provide training for life skills and social integration, as well as training for basic vocational professions.

In his endeavor to support disabled individuals, HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd noted the disadvantaged conditions of the visually impaired despite their remarkable potential and in many cases their high mental abilities. He therefore launched his initiative to start a higher education, degree awarding institution that fosters learning opportunities to this category of the disabled. The idea was very well received, and during the visit of the Late Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the idea of the College was discussed and the late Prince donated 60 million SAR in support of this initiative that carries his name since then.

The college aims at providing an ideal environment to help people with visual disabilities overcome their difficulties and integrate in the society. It seeks to rehabilitate students and to prepare them to be self-reliant in order to integrate in the society and achieve their potential and ambitions in life. The facility, technologies, curricula and services provided provide ideal life, learning and working conditions for the visually impaired.

Achievements

Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz College for the Visually Impaired is currently under establishment. The Founding Committee has worked with the Architectural Design office to finalize the design and layout of the building as shown below: External View