Three-day forum on special needs in city from March 7

DUBAI — The fifth cycle of Dubai International Rehabilitation forum (Rehab 2006) — considered as the only event to be held in the UAE highlighting crucial issues pertaining to disabilities and special needs — will kick off on March 7 and continue till March 9 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 8 Nov 2005, 9:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:34 PM

Details about the forum organised by the Dubai Club for Special Sports and Index Conferences & Exhibitions Organisation Est were unveiled at a Press conference held yesterday.

On the occasion, Thani Juma Berrejad, Chairman of Dubai Club for Special Needs and Head of the organising committee of the Rehab, said that the forum is held every two years under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry.

“Rehab was first organised in 1996 with the aim of bringing together a number of special needs consultants who can discuss issues of great concern to people with special needs. Rehab bore fruitful deed with a number of hotels in the UAE introducing new rules and facilities to make hotels more accessible by special needs people. More international experts are expected to participate in the forum. A marathon for special needs and normal individuals will also be held as part of the forum,” said Berrejad.

He said Rehab 2006 Exhibition will showcase the latest rehabilitation products and services. "The exhibitors will be addressing disabled population of 10 million people in the Arab region. The exhibition is free to all and we encourage support groups or societies to visit alongside individuals and their families,” he said.

Dr Adnan Gulfar, Member of the Organising Committee and Chairman of the Cultural Committee of the Club, said that Rehab is positively contributing to turning theories into practice.

“Special needs people should by supported by all means and governments must play a stronger role in supporting the rights of the special needs people while improving the services rendered to them,” he added.


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