The Center for Disability and Inclusion Services was established in October 2000 at the Islamic University in Gaza (IUG) with the partnership and substantial support of the Quakers Foundation within the Palestinian Youth Program. This Centre is the first at the level of Palestine universities that keeps pace with technology to use people with visual disabilities to help them in university studies.
A quarterly plan is to be developed for the center to produce educational materials and curricula for students, whether in Braille, amplifier or audio recording. It depends on their different specializations at the university to assist them in their academic achievement, as well as printing the University’s Voice newspaper, which is issued monthly in Braille. The center hosts recreational activities for students with disabilities, such as teaching them on the chessboard and holding matches for that.
In addition, it trains male and female students with full and partial visual disabilities on computers in the center. Now, the students are highly efficient in using computers so that most students with visual disabilities are able to perform university tests online without the need for an assistant to do so.
The Center has also established a strong relationship with government agencies, serving students with disabilities, such as the Ministry of Social Affairs, which in turn provides a variety of services to the center and non-governmental institutions locally and regionally. The most notable is the Center for the Visually Impaired (Al-Nour) affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, as well as Al-Noor and Al-Amal School Preparatory and Secondary schools. Also, it is in partnership with civil institutions for people with disabilities, such as Baytna and Atfaluna Association for the Deaf. In addition, it obtained membership of the Arab International Federation of the Blind.