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Classroom can include special needs children

Continuing Medical Education points offered at Ebdaah event discussing Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Autism, ADHD.

A one-day conference discussing how the UAE’s schools can include special needs children in classrooms is set to take place at Dubai’s Media Rotana hotel, this coming Saturday (28).

According to the event organisers, UAE-based Ebdaah, the forum dubbed ‘What Makes Children Tick?’ takes a timely look at inclusion in classrooms in line with the UAE Disability Act. The event on February 28 also offers three CME points (Continuing Medical Education) and is ready to share essential insights for educators and parents, as well as healthcare professionals.

Ebdaah’s director of education and training, Andrew Westerman noted that the Act, published in 2006, requires public and private schools to provide equal access to all children.

“The UAE’s agenda on inclusion of children with special needs places new pressures on school leaders as disability cannot be used as a reason to decline a place in school to a child. It is important that educators, healthcare practitioners and parents of children with special needs are fully up-to-speed with the UAE’s vision,” he said.

Speakers at event include Fatma Belrehif, head of the Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), as well as Ebdaah’s consultant psychologist, internationally-acclaimed specialist, Dr Madeleine Portwood.

They will be joined by Ebdaah’s special needs specialist, Chris Huntley, and Marie-Therese Abi-akel, senior speech and language therapist at Dubai’s Rashid Centre for Disabled. Abi-akel is ready to give the view point from the side of the school.

Inclusion In Schools; What Makes Children Tick?, is a one-day event from Ebdaah’s Education Series on February 28 2015 at Dubai’s Media Rotana hotel.