The Butterfly connects People of Determination to the services they need.

Located in Abu Dhabi, our service acts as a one stop shop, the first point of referral, for People of Determination, families and care givers, that are seeking advice, representation and support on how to overcome the challenges they face.

We inform, support, enable and empower People of Determination in making informed choices, accessing services and participating effectively in the decision-making process on all issues that affect their lives.

The Butterfly is an Advocacy Agency, a guidance centred on the client’s needs.

Our service is independent, impartial and confidential.

The Butterfly is an endorsed social enterprise by Ma’an, the authority of social contribution, and an enabler of the Abu Dhabi disability strategy 2020-2024 with the Department of Community Development, Abu Dhabi. We are an advocacy agency, a guidance centered on the client’s needs.
– CEO Marilena di Coste

The Butterfly aligns itself with the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UAE’s National Policy for Empowering People of Determination.
The first UAE employment network member of GBDN, ILO of the UN. 
We play a role in the delivery of sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)SDG on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, Specifically in the parts related to education, growth and employment, inequality, accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection.


Become a member

Family membership

Yearly membership of 200 AED will entitle you to be part of our community and to:

  1. Be part of WhatsApp group
  2. Access to resource and training
  3. Attend bimonthly support meeting, many with professional speakers
  4. Access to list of LSAs
  5. Have four coaching sessions with a professional
  6. Get invitations to The Butterfly events
  7. Receive information on rights entitlements and services available in your Emirate
  8. Get more benefits like loyalty card with restaurants (coming soon)

Service providers membership

Coming soon

Corporate membership

Inclusive Employment Ecosystem (IEE)

What you get:

  1. Informative seminars and networking events
  2. Access to a range of programs, services and guidance
  3. Avail tailored support via our dedicated partners
  4. Access to online resource and toolkit library  
  5. Employment Inclusive Fairs
  6. One Stop Shop Solution for inclusive and accessible employment