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Rashid Centre and Amazon team up to empower individuals with Alexa technology

The Rashid Centre for People of Determination partners with Amazon to introduce Alexa-powered devices, promoting digital inclusion and independence among students and educators.

The announcement took place during a recent visit to the Centre by Amazon’s team, led by Dr. Raf Fatani, Regional General Manager, Alexa, Amazon MENA. Alexa, Amazon’s AI, will help control different devices and facilities around the campus; enabling teachers and people of determination to interact with and benefit from the latest digital technologies.

Mariam Othman, Director of the Rashid Centre for People of Determination, along with teachers, department heads, and students welcomed them and presented a collection of paintings and artwork to commemorate this visit.

“We live in a digital age where everything is constantly evolving rapidly,” said Mariam Othman, Director of the Rashid Centre for People of Determination. “With the advent of artificial intelligence, we have made significant strides in the world of technology. It is our duty to ensure digital accessibility and inclusion to people of determination, so as to meet their needs and enable them to harness these technologies to achieve their ambitions. As an assistant to people of determination, Alexa will support them in accomplishing their tasks, giving them greater autonomy and independence.”

She added that equipping the Centre with the latest digital and AI tools demonstrates its commitment to staying ahead of the curve, while expressing her deepest gratitude towards Amazon’s contribution and engagement with her students.

Dr. Raf Fatani, Regional General Manager, Alexa, Amazon MENA said: “I’m excited for the collaboration with Rashid Centre for People of Determination. Promoting an inclusive culture that encourages development for all is a core belief at Amazon. We strive to make Alexa easily accessible, so everyone can benefit from accomplishing tasks through simple commands. By working hand-in-hand with the Centre’s educators and parents, we aim to enable accomplishing certain tasks with just a simple command. This partnership exemplifies how technology like Alexa can increase independence.”


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