Abdullah Bin Ali Kanoo Center for Evaluation and Support Services


The Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, pays great attention to the rights of persons with disabilities, as it strives to provide a variety of social and rehabilitation services. The Ministry seeks to ensure that these services are of the highest quality, which comes through scrutiny and evaluation necessary for persons with disabilities. This comes from the Ministry’s keenness to provide integrated services to people with disabilities through a set of support services for people with disabilities.


Location on Google Maps:

Abdullah Bin Ali Kanoo Center for Evaluation and Support Services



Building no 556 - Road no 3212 Block no 732

Tel: 171013230




Royal support for the center:

By order of His Majesty the King, a land has been allocated for the construction of a comprehensive disability complex in Aali on an area of three hectares, and a portion of the land has been allocated to the Center for Diagnosis and Assessment of Disability, with an area of 1636 square meters. His Majesty had also ordered the allocation of one million dinars from the Royal Court to build and equip the building. Then, His Majesty ordered that the center to be named after the late Abdullah bin Ali Kanoo, in appreciation of his pioneering role in social and civil work and his support for many social, humanitarian and economic initiatives.  

His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court, laid the foundation stone, and His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, on behalf of His Majesty the King, opened the center on June 16, 2014.


Center objectives:

  1. Conducting psychological, social and educational assessments and measuring the level of intelligence and mental abilities of persons with disabilities.
  2. Examining the medical, educational, psychological and rehabilitative reports for evaluating each case of persons with disabilities periodically, and preparing the necessary reports on them in order to enhance the integration of persons with disabilities in society.
  3. Issuing a medical certificate for the type and degree of disability based on the recommendations of the National Committee for the Disability Diagnosis and Assessment.
  4. Providing physiotherapy services for people with disabilities.
  5. Providing psychological and social counselling to persons with disabilities and their families.
  6. Paying compensatory aids to persons with disabilities.
  7. Two-hours care service for people with disabilities.
  8. Licensing and publicizing the rehabilitation centers working in the field of disability.

Center services:Assessment and diagnosis using psychological and mental tests, and approving the type and degree of disability.

•Diagnostic services: evaluation, diagnosis, and approval of requests for persons with disabilities with medical diagnostics for persons with disabilities, as there are a number of clinics such as: visual assessment of disability and auditory evaluation clinic for disability.

•Social and psychological evaluation services: assessment of the mental, social, professional, speech, linguistic and academic capabilities of persons with disabilities.

•Rehabilitation services: providing physical therapy for rehabilitation.

•Consulting services: providing recommendations regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the most appropriate rehabilitative institutions, receiving social support, receiving vocational training, and others. It also provides counselling for families of people with disabilities.

Beneficiaries of the centre’s services:

All persons with disabilities in the Kingdom of Bahrain of all ages for both sexes who have previously been evaluated and diagnosed, or who have not previously been evaluated and diagnosed for all types of disabilities (mental, psychological, physical, visual, auditory and multiple).


A summary of the committees and supporting services at the centre:

1- High Commission for Disabled Affairs

2- The Disability Evaluation Commission:

The committee was formed according to Ministerial Resolution No. 50 of 2010, as a national body for assessing persons with disabilities, headed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and includes in its membership representatives from the Ministry of Health and Education, the University of Bahrain, the Arabian Gulf University and the Supreme Committee for Disability Affairs, and is concerned with the following tasks:

  • Studying the medical, educational, psychological and rehabilitative reports on a periodic basis; assessing the cases of persons with disabilities, and preparing the necessary reports on them.
  • Standardizing psychological tests to assess the mental abilities, behavioral and educational disorders of persons with disabilities.
  • Ratification of the medical certificate for the type and degree of disability.

3- Advisory Committee on the Disability Compensation:

It is an advisory and evaluation committee that includes officials and specialists from the ministry in addition to consulting doctors from the Ministry of Health and the Gulf University, according to the different types of disabilities. Its goal is to decide on the various requests for physical, mental, psychological, audio and visual, as well as multiple disabilities received by the Ministry. Then the results on the accepted and rejected applications are submitted to the Disability Assessment Committee for approval and to the Social Aid Department in order to disburse the disability allowance for the accepted applications and notify the applicants of the rejection of their applications, if any.

4- Advisory Committee on disbursement of prosthetic devices and assistive devices for people with disabilities:

In 2011, an advisory committee to decide on requests for the exchange of prosthetic devices for persons with disabilities was established. Its membership includes officials and specialists from the ministry, along with an occupational therapist from the Ministry of Health, as it stipulates that whoever wishes to benefit from prosthetic devices must fulfill the following:

  • The applicant must be a Bahraini national or born to a Bahraini mother having a permanent resident status in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • The applicant should not be less than two years old and not more than sixty years old.
  • The applicant must submit an occupational treatment report indicating the type of required device and its suitability for his condition.
  • That the applicant or his/her supporting family be of limited income, where the family income does not exceed BD1500.

The committee shall consider the applicant’s need for the compensation kit, and the extent of his/her ability to benefit from it, provided that the committee issues its decision within a month from the date of submitting the request to accept or reject the request with an explanation of the reasons for rejection. The applicant shall announce the decision by a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt.

5- A two-hour rest service for disabled









































































































































































































































































































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