Last update: Sunday, 21 July 2024



King Salman Center for Disability Research supports, coordinates, manages, and funds research and academic activities that it deems beneficial for the Saudi Community, in particular, and humanity, in general. The Center targets the latest scientific research, the process of broad impact by systematically pooling scientific, technical, and human resources on a local and international scale. The Center's researches are focused on application rather than theoretical. As it aims at solving the medical, psychological, educational, and social difficulties facing disabled individuals.

The Center's strategic plan targets three main fields. First, building a comprehensive database based on scientific foundations to provide accurate information about the percentage and distribution of the disabled in Saudi Arabia, besides the causes of various disabilities. Second, targeting disabilities with high impacts and invisible disabilities such as learning difficulties, communication disorders, and mental health. Third, focusing on advanced research such as nanotechnology, robotics, and cell therapy. Thus, the center will witness a mandate shift in the future.

King Salman Center for Disability Research will continue to encourage private research initiatives that serve people with disabilities and follow the Center's vision and mission.


Research Priorities

King Salman Center for Disability Research calls for researchers, academics, and experts in the field of disability to submit research proposals in the following fields:

  1. Running research projects and survey programs related to disability statistics in Saudi Arabia, in terms of (disability classification, severity, geographical distribution, and age).
  2. Conducting research on prevention, early diagnoses, and intervention to reduce disability and expanding related programs such as premarital screening, fetal examination, and early examination of newborns.
  3. Designing and developing assistive technologies and modern technologies for the disabled in Saudi Arabia, along with studying the effect of their use in various aspects (such as education, training, and employment).
  4. Conducting studies focused on “The Quality of Life” of the disabled, addressing their needs, and finding ways to improve their lives and their families as well.
  5. Conducting studies on the civil rights of the disabled, the laws and regulations related to their education, health, society, and families.
  6. Conducting studies on empowering the disabled, such as full access in different venues, social involvement, effective community participation, and family support programs.
  7. Conducting awareness and intellectual security studies for the disabled.
  8. Drafting legalized Arab standards on the Saudi culture in diagnosis and early diagnosis, training, rehabilitation, therapeutic, and educational interventions.
  9. Conducting studies on disability among the elderly including (causes, types, services, and social and economic effects).