Determined Ones

The HCT welcome students with special needs and endeavours to help individuals make full and active participation in both academic and social life on campus.

The HCT complies with the UAE Disability Act and the Federal Law No. 29 of 2006, which guarantees the rights and protection in health, education, work, entrepreneurship and public services for students with special needs.

Special needs and disabilities encompasses a range of physical, mental and developmental conditions such as visual, hearing, mobility, learning and any other medical conditions which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The HCT recognizes that no two disabilities are exactly alike, and that people experience disability in different ways. We have a number of support systems in place to ensure the conditions are right for each student to reach their full potential at each stage of their academic career.

Role of Counsellor

In order to make college life as stress free as possible, students with special needs are encouraged to work closely with college counsellors. The counsellor’s role is to:

  • To enable students with special needs to accomplish the highest degree of academic, professional and personal success to the best of their abilities and potential
  • To make faculty members aware of the student’s needs so they can be catered for
  • To help students with special needs integrate into campus life
  • To increase the awareness amongst staff and faculty on the needs of students with special needs and the problems they encounter.


Information which is provided about the special needs of an individual student will not be disclosed to any third party unless authorized by the student and his/her parent/guardians. Limited information will then only be given to relevant members of HCT staff in order to provide specific support for the student.

Types of support available

The HCT caters for students with a vision, speech or hearing impairment, as well as those with a physical disability, psychological condition, learning disabilities or attention difficulties. Support may include:

  • Academic aids – note takers, books, readers, large print materials
  • Assistive technology – zoom text keyboard, digital audio texts, talking word processor
  • Physical access – class room, seating, lighting, parking
  • Lecture assistance – handouts, tape recorders, over head slide
  • Examination assistance – extra time, large prints, supervised breaks.