The Special Education Department in the College of Education at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) organized a workshop for the Assessment and Treatment Unit and also an exhibition entitled the ‘Day of Giving for Special Education.’ This event was in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Education Council, the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, the UAE Deaf Association and the Al Ain Center for Care and Rehabilitation.
It was held in the college buildings on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017. Dr. Ousha Al Muhairi, Head of the Special Education Department and Dr. Ibrahim Al Mujaini, Deputy Dean of the College of Education, attended alongside faculty and students.
Dr. Al Muhairi explained that this event was part of the college’s community outreach initiative. He stressed the positive role those with special play in society. The exhibition also aimed to highlight the role of the Assessment and Treatment Unit (established 2011) in serving special needs, whether in school or at university, throughout the country. The unit offers free consultation and treatment, including the rehabilitation of those affected by autism, treatments for speech impediments and learning difficulties, as well as catering to the needs of people with hearing issues, behavioral problems and Down’s Syndrome.
Professor Mohammed Al Zoudi from the College of Education, delivered a workshop to specialists and supervisors from various schools and rehabilitation centers. He introduced them to the Assessment and Treatment Unit and its rehabilitation center at UAEU by describing the variety of rehabilitation and treatment programs they offer. He pointed out that during 2011-2014 the center dealt with 200 clients, most of whom were children. There are 54 volunteers working in the center drawn from UAEU students, graduate students and alumni, as well as volunteers from outside the university.
There was also discussion on the experiences of families, and special education teachers. The exhibition also showcased artifacts and paintings produced by special needs students.
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