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KHDA delights Down Syndrome kids

Dubai, July 11, 2009

The UAE government-owned Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Modhesh World, the focal entertainment point of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), recently hosted a fun event for children from the UAE Down Syndrome Association.

DSS 2009, a shopping and family fun extravaganza, currently running across various malls in Dubai, will end on August 14.

The children made handicrafts at the creative workshops that made them feel more capable and confident of themselves. A fun and exciting puppet show was followed by the puppeteers teaching the children to perform a puppet show.

“We have done our best to make this a fun day for the children so that they do not feel less advantaged. Like any other children they have the right to life and happiness. I hope we have made this day special for them.” said Noora Al Matawa, manager extra curricular and special needs, KHDA.

The UAE Down Syndrome Association (DSA) is run by a group of people getting together for the support of individuals with Down Syndrome, their parents, and their carers, aiming to improve the quality of life of, and to offer comprehensive support to individuals with Down Syndrome.

Shaikha Hezam Alamri, vice president of DSA, said: “All children deserve a happy and protected life.”

“These children already have a huge disadvantage and it is upon us to ensure that they do not feel left out. KHDA has supported our philosophy and given us a fabulous opportunity to let these children mingle with the more advantaged children at this wonderful Modhesh World,” she added.

“I completely identify with the anxieties of the parents and I would gladly say that the UAE DSA would do its best to address such issues. I say to every parent that our children need more love and attention than normal children and we should not avoid or neglect them because they have a physical disparity,” she concluded.

Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 21st chromosome. The condition is characterized by physical disparity like shorter limbs, poor muscle tone, and protruding tongue.

Health concerns for individuals with Down Syndrome include a higher risk for congenital heart defects, gastro esophageal reflux disease, recurrent ear infections, obstructive sleep, and thyroid dysfunctions. A small number of individuals suffering from Down Syndrome have severe to profound mental disability.

Early childhood intervention, screening for common problems, medical treatment where indicated, a conducive family environment, and vocational training can improve the overall development of children with Down syndrome.

Bushra Al Rahoomi, board member and head of PR and Media Committee, said: “We want to ensure that these children are not neglected or isolated from society and are able to enjoy with normal children. We hope to work closely with Modhesh World and its different zone authorities to ensure a fun filled summer for these children as a healthy environment goes a long way in their in improving their situation.”

“Modhesh World is a safe, indoor air-conditioned venue away from the heat of summer with a huge variety of edutainment options for everyone and thus a place for the entire family and family bonding. It is ideal for all children and hence we wish to be here again with our association children,” she added. – TradeArabia News Service




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