Takamul to boost expertise in areas of importance

DUBAI — Takamul, the recently launched initiative of Dubai Education Council, will undertake in the coming months programmes to build expertise in critical areas including healthcare, accessibility, education and employment for the people with special needs.

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Published: Fri 22 Sep 2006, 9:33 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Nov 2023, 8:35 AM

Takamul, that seeks to create a barrier-free society for people with special needs, yesterday issued its recommendations to raise awareness on disability related issues, and facilitate the inclusion of people with special needs into society.

Takamul's recommendations are based on the cumulative findings of recently held seminars on Newborn Screening and Early Intervention, inclusive education, transition and employment and accessibility.

The topics were chosen to highlight Takamul's immediate priorities.

Dr Haidar Al Yousuf, Executive Director, Takamul said: "People with special needs are frequently overlooked by development programmes. As a result, they face several obstacles with regards to accessibility and prejudiced attitudes."

Takamul called on all concerned stakeholders to heed the recommendations and initiate action to accommodate people with special needs in their daily life and empower them to become fully participatory members of society.

The recommendations call for consolidating efforts and pursuing research collaboration in the areas of newborn screening and early intervention in the region with a clear dissemination plan.

Effective training and education opportunities in order to build local capacity due to the tremendous HR needs in the disability field, such as speech and language therapy/pathology and special education specialists, was also highlighted in addition to enabling long-term strategic planning and database development for newborn screening in the Arab region.

The recommendations also highlight the need for establishing follow-up systems for the non-treatable cases identified by newborn screening, and establishing professional intervention centers in rural communities, as well as launching support services for slow learners to remove cultural barriers and the associated stigma.

The recommendations dealt with several areas including social awareness, overcoming bureaucracy and institutional barriers, creating employment opportunities for the people with special needs.

The need for revision of rules and other procedures was also highlighted to enable private schools to easily include students with special needs into their programmes.

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