Ta’alouf offers programmes for carers of special needs children

Ta’alouf is Al Jalila Foundation’s flagship community programme, which provides behavioural training to carers and social inclusion programmes.

The third Ta’alouf parents training programme has graduated 30 parents and 66 teachers in a course meant to help raise special-needs children.

Ta’alouf is Al Jalila Foundation’s flagship community programme, which provides social inclusion programmes and behavioural training to carers .

“When we first established the programme, social inclusion was a long-term vision,” said Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, chief executive of the foundation. “We started with 50 parents of children with special needs and didn’t take long to realise how big a gap we were filling, and how important this was to the society at large.

He said that demand for the programme was beyond expectations and that many donors had stepped in to help.

“As a result, we expanded Ta’alouf to offer a teachers’ training course, and, soon, we will expand it further to reach other carers to ensure that children with special needs are well-supported and empowered to reach their potential wherever they are.”

The programme has so far invested more than Dh2.5 million, providing more than 226 carers with training to support the development of children with special needs at home and at school.

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Published: December 25, 2014 04:00 AM

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