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ABILITIESme partner with The Autism Trust Foundation to support the education of special needs

Posted Thu 07 Feb 2013 09:29:34 am in News, Culture & Education | By News Desk

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Dubai, U.A.E- 5th February 2013 – ABILITIESme, the first regional platform celebrating the potential and opportunities of the special needs communities, today announced their partnership with The Autism Trust Foundation (ATF).

The partnership is looking forward to the launch of a pre-event summit to support the provision of education and awareness on special needs and disabilities among UAE citizens and residents including those employed in government entities and corporations, as well as families throughout the Gulf region. 

The summit will take place on the 9th of June and will comprise a set of conferences and ministerial meetings exclusive to key tenets of authorities in the UAE responsible for implementing disability right partnership laws when it comes to education, healthcare, employment, urban design & infrastructure.

His Excellency Fahed Bin Al Shaikh, Deputy Chairman of Autism Trust Foundation said “We are proud to be part of this heart-warming initiative. Our aim is to promote the awareness of autism and support ABILITIESme objective in creating a sustainable disability sector in the MENA region”.

During the summit, the Autism Trust Foundation will host a session on addressing the challenges of raising a child with autism, underlining the importance of dispensing care for autistic children when and where it matters; classroom, home and workforce.  
“In a society where raising kids with special needs portends unique challenges and requires requisite skills, ABILITIESme will represent succour for parents – a place for professional help and information resource centre on therapy, medication and hospitalisation for affected children. Parents of learning-challenged kids need to be persistent both in working with their reluctant learners and with the schools that must provide the help these children need“ added Bin Al Shaikh.



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On signing the partnership agreement between ABILITIESme and the Autism Trust Foundation, Geoff Dickinson, CEO of dmg::events said “The collaboration will increase awareness on what truly matters, among the Gulf region and will encourage society to contribute in supporting charities and humanitarian work. We are more than excited to be working with the Autism Trust Foundation, as we expand on our on-going CSR activities that align with UAE Government societal vision”.


A multi-faceted event, ABILITIESme will showcase the latest innovations in the field of healthcare, education and assistive technologies, and will also include a series of activities and seminars focusing on professional development, policy implementation and rehabilitation therapies that will involve many stakeholders from the public sector, private corporations and the public.



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