Fun day, climbing expedition to help children with special needs

DUBAI — In an attempt to assimilate children with special needs into Dubai’s mainstream, Nick Watson, founder of ‘reaching u’, has launched a programme aimed at creating greater awareness among residents in the UAE about acceptance of children with special needs. Watson is father of a child with special needs.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 31 May 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:31 AM

The programme is being organised under the patronage of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“Not everyone is aware what it means caring for special needs children. In Dubai’s society it is easy to forget, because people think the government takes care of them,” said Watson.

The first part of the programme features a Fun Day at Jumeirah Park on Saturday, June 2 from 4.00-7.00pm with bouncy castles, obstacle courses, games, face and henna painting, large format canvas painting, clowns and lots of other activities for the children.

The proceeds generated through Dh5 entrance fee will go towards buying specially-equipped buses for children at the Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre.

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