Course starts in July 5, 2022

About this course

Can women with disabilities change the world?

Yes, they can. This is the affirmation of this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Based on the golden rule “The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our life” and inspired from the latest research in human relations, resilience and positive psychology, it will provide you with a large variety of concepts and tools to flourish at a personal, professional and community level.

By connecting deeply to yourself and others, you can take the lead and influence your world and the world in general, for the better.

What you will learn

  • Consider change, at a personal and social level, as a possible and achievable goal by adopting an “Active Hope” attitude.
  • Adopt a relational approach to life and fulfilment:
    • Relationship to self: Nurture a positive self-image, grow self-esteem and self-lead your life
    • Relationship to Society: Adopt a growth mind-set in view of life-long learning and a flourishing professional life
  • Relationship to the other: Engage in flourishing romantic relations; Acknowledge your Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
  • Relationship to the community: Become a social change maker through networking & advocacy

Course Identity Elements

  • Spoken Language: Lebanese Arabic
  • Subtitles in English
  • Transcripts available in English and Arabic
  • Arabic Sign language available
  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Estimated time per week – 3 to 4 hours
  • Certificate of completion available
  • This course is for free

“Nothing About Us Without Us”

In alignment with the disability movement slogan “nothing about us without us”, this course involved women with disability in different ways.

Consultations and reviews of the content with women with disabilities from different Arabic countries were held before and throughout its development process.

We would like to thank in particular Dr. Ibtissem Oueslati from Tunis, Dr. Israa Abualkishik from Jordan, and Ms. Zeinab Karaouni from Lebanon for their feedback on the scripts.

Experiences of women with disabilities are weaved within course content either through filmed testimonials of women with disabilities or through three created “personas” – Sara from Lebanon, Dina from Egypt and Amal from Tunis whose life experiences cross-match several of women with disabilities’ experiences.

Tips For Maximum Benefit

  • The content is quite varied. To make the most of it, we invite you to:
    • Set your own pace to complete it.
    • Taking notes while completing the videos might help you to better integrate the content.
    • Practice by experimenting with proposed tools and exercises.
    • Choose from the wealth of concepts and practices what you feel is most relevant for you.
    • Connect with other participants by enrolling in one of the two live courses.

Technical Navigation Instructions

  • To move from a page to another click “complete” button.
  • To navigate from a week to another, you need to have completed all of the videos related to this module and successfully completed the quiz.

Target Audience

  • Arab-speaking young women with disabilities, including women with physical, visual and hearing disability.
  • Any woman, Arab or English speaking wanting to grow, flourish, and achieve the best of her potential.
  • Any person – woman and man – engaged in the field of disability inclusion or interested in disability.
  • The course does not require prior knowledge in any specific area.
  • The current course design is not adapted to women with intellectual disabilities.

Course Developers And Presenters

Dr. Maha Shuayb

Director of The Centre for Lebanese Studies

Fadi El Halabi

Psychotherapist and Expert in Human Relations

Mirna Abi Aad Abi Nassif

People and Organizations Development Consultant

Course Monitoring & Production Team

  • Rachel Saliba – Consultancy in program Design & overlooking program implementation
  • Dr. Itab Shuayb – Accessibility consultant
  • Micheline Nasrani Assi – Producer
  • Karl Salame – Director
  • Bachir Yaghi – Script writer
  • Moustapha Kobrosli – Animation and graphics
  • Marie-Christine Tayah – Translator
  • Nayla Suheil Al Hares – Sign Language translator
  • Chadi Al Mokdad – Content digitization

Our Partners & Sponsors

This course was made possible through the following contributions:


This program is funded by the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.



Centre for Lebanese Studies at the Lebanese American University(CLS at LAU)
Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN)

Course Hosting

We would like to thank Lebanese Alternative Learning for course hosting.