On the occasion of the World White Cane Day, the College of Education at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in collaboration with Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs organized on Monday 15 October 2018 various activities themed ‘the Sighted Blind’ at the IT Building Auditorium.
Dr. Najwa Al Hosani, Assistant Dean at the College of Education, explained "this celebration is part of the UAEU's keenness to work in line with UAE leadership’s vision to prepare programs that qualify national cadres specialized in special education and provide integrated services to help special needs students through education and career training develop their talents and direct them towards serving the society”.
Ms. Fatima Al-Dhaheri, Special Needs Services Department, gave a presentation on the services that the UAEU provides to its 75 male and female special needs students and reviewed the mechanisms of integrating blind students in the university community.
A panel discussion was held to open the floor for students and alumni with visual impairments to share their experiences and challenges, demonstrating their determination and perseverance in continuing their studies and being active individuals in the society. The students expressed their pride in continuing their education and appreciation for the support provided by the UAE wise leadership.
On the event’s sideline, an exhibition was organized to showcase the innovations and creations of special needs students from the participating entities. Participants also delivered a number of sessions on the importance of integrating visually impaired students in public schools and higher education institutions, and reviewed the latest technological and educational innovations in special education.
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