With an aim of supporting and enhancing the lives of children with special needs across the country and the region, this timely exhibition in May is dedicated to educating the public about issues related to the disabilities and the employment struggle associated.
Bahrain hosts the 2nd Special Needs Support Exhibition (SNSE) on May 11 and 12 at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain. The event will bring together various stakeholders and resources to help the differently abled population build their skills. Held under the patronage of HH Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, the event is organised by Provision Events Bahrain in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and National Institute for Disabled.
With a rise in the number of children with mental, physical, visual and hearing disability worldwide, this year’s exhibition will focus on means and ways of boosting their self-esteem and encouraging them to accomplish tasks on their own. Parents and family members of children with disabilities will be able to learn about the latest developments and techniques to help those with special needs. In addition, there will be a conference educating people on how to overcome obstacles and tackle situations, alongside a line-up of interactive and fun activities.
“We aim to open up new opportunities for families and parents of individuals with disabilities to identify the best technological tools and support services to facilitate their daily lives,” says Mohammed Bucheri, chairman of the organising committee. “We’ve located multiple institutions and special needs providers to ensure that people with disabilities can go through life to meet their aspirations and to remove barriers to their success.”
This year’s event will highlight skills that can be instilled in those with special needs. The idea is to present them with an opportunity to exercise, innovate and cultivate a hobby that might assist them in their future.
The two-day event will feature a cookery contest with the support of some of the best chefs from across the Kingdom. There is also a short film competition where the best short films created by people with special needs, addressing their needs and disabilities, will be awarded.
Adding a celebratory touch to the event is the Gulf Disabilities Society, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary.
Since 1984, the society has played a prominent role in addressing disability issues, including preventive measures and rehabilitation programmes for the handicapped.
The Ministry of Education, which is a supporting partner, will highlight its role in an education system that pays close attention to students with special needs, stressing on the principle of constant support and therapeutic education. Some of the initiatives in this direction include integrated studies and talent recognition in Bahrain.