Special needs children in rare concert

DUBAI - Mattar Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, and Saeed Mohammed Al Raghbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, attended on Monday the annual concert organised by the Dubai Centre for Special Needs on its premises on the occasion of the inauguration of its multipurpose hall.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 30 Apr 2003, 1:28 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:07 PM

The concert was attended by 118 special needs children. It featured a welcome song and a concert performed by the centre's choir.

Dr Mahshid Salehi, director of the centre, said: "This evening we are celebrating more than just the inauguration of our hall. We celebrate 20 years of commitment, hard work and dedication."

She said that when she joined the centre it had only 25 students. The current number, however, is 120.

"From our humble beginning in Asseef School, we now have a purpose-built facility. Our vision has always been to improve the quality of life for people with special needs of all ages and for their families, by promoting independence and social inclusion, providing high quality and effective programmes, inter-disciplinary training and technical assistance to individuals and their families," Dr Salehi said, stressing that the centre is continuing to make this vision a reality with the full support of the community and organisations which gave the students an opportunity to attend work training programmes.

She made a reference to Emirates Towers Hotel, DHL, Emirates Abela, Union Co-op, among others. She also announced that one of the centre's students had been employed by the 'The One' this year, adding that the the centre acts as a professional training centre for young graduates and interns from Zayed University, American University in Dubai, and Sharjah University, among others in the UAE and abroad.

Mrs Salehi spoke about the concert's theme which was 'Love and Care' and which students had been practising for over six months. "As human beings it is our responsibility and obligation to love and care unconditionally each and every one. We hope that the students' message will be received by everyone throughout the world."

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