CDA launches early childhood development centre

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, May 28, 2015

DUBAI: The Community Development Authority (CDA) has launched the first Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC) to provide a number of services under one roof for the differently abled children
The facility which is first of its kind in the Middle East has been inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Committee to Protect the Rights of People with Disabilities on Wednesday.
The DECDC’s location in Al Manara area in Dubai is bigger in space and has more advanced facilities thus increasing its overall capacity including delivering early intervention services to more children, newborn to six years of age.
After the inauguration, Sheikh Mansour along with the CDA officials toured the centre’s therapy rooms and learned about the different services provided including the diagnostic assessment and the early intervention and rehabilitation for communication impairments, speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, physical and motor impairments, attention and behaviour issues and others.
He reviewed the state-of the art technologies and assistive devices used in therapy rooms that provide interventions according to the individual development plan of each child.
Sheikh Mansour also checked the Sanad Mobile Rehabilitation Units that CDA announced last April that aims to accommodate more children with disabilities.
The units are designed to provide 10 to 12 sessions daily for each and are built according to international standards to deliver the required services based on the children needs. This includes speech impairments, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy.
Khaled Al Kamda, Director General, CDA said that CDA aims to turn DECDC to a model that should be cloned by the tertiary sector investors to follow its methodology in early intervention and  including engaging the family and the surrounding community in developing children skills.
He further spoke about the “My community” initiative that aims to make Dubai a disability friendly city and the leadership vision that has always stressed on respecting the rights of people with disabilities and empowering them.
While talking to the media, he pointed that currently the centre has enrolled around 70 Emirati children and soon the capacity will be increased to 100 to reduce the number of waiting list.
“The centre is providing a range of therapy solutions to different type of special needs children as each individual will be treated according to exclusively devised programme by a team of specialist. The range of programme will last six years to prepare the child to get integrated into mainstream educational institute,” he pointed out.

~ by jamilkhan on May 28, 2015.

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