The initiatives of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein represent a quality shift in improving the quality and standard of living for persons with disabilities. When the King directed that a national strategy for people with disabilities should be developed in 2006, a committee was formed to prepare the strategy document. At the beginning of 2007, the national strategy for people with disabilities (2007-2017) was presented. King Abdullah blessed this work and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law No. 31 for the year 2007 was passed. Under Article VI of this law, the Supreme Council for Persons with Disabilities was established in mid-2007.
During his field trips to various governorates, the King ordered the establishment of a number of centres and institutions for the disabled, most notably the Academy for the Blind. The construction of this academy was initiated in 2008, to form a model centre that provides education, rehabilitation and training services to blind persons. The academy, which should be completed in 2010, includes a model library, playgrounds, a theatre and sports pool to serve blind persons and trainees from Jordan and neighbouring Arab countries.
His Majesty also ordered the establishment of an additional 11 educational diagnostic centres and institutions:
- Hittin Centre for the Diagnosis of Disabilities
- Tel Almantah Centre for the Diagnosis of Disabilities
- Centre for Disabilities in Salehia / Mafraq
- Centre for Disabilities in Ruweished
- Centre for Disabilities in Kura
- Comprehensive centre to provide educational, diagnostic and training services for persons with disabilities in Aqaba
- Al Queira Centre for Educational Services for Persons with Disabilities
- Centre for Disabilities in Tafila
- Centre for Disabilities in Adleil
- Centre for Disabilities in Sahab
The King’s royal makruma (donation) provided a talking computer programme for blind students at universities to help them be independent in their scientific achievements. The royal makruma also provided special implant surgeries for deaf people and support services such as wheelchairs, special equipment and supplies for the use of persons with disabilities.