On the International Day of Happiness, RAK campuses hosted an inspiring, inaugural event, to raise awareness on Special Needs and celebrate the differences in the local community and colleges.
The day featured guest speakers from the Directorate of Rehabilitation and Employment Centers for People with Disabilities-Al Ain and by Klaitham Al Matrooshi from Thiqa Center, which resulted in students were engaged and touched by the inspiring stories.
In addition ,exhibitors from the local community joined the event and provided wonderful services and activities for the college students and visitors. Fujairah Police provided demonstrations of their state of the art parking system for disabled drivers and Al Thiqa Centre, Sharjah exhibited the beautiful arts and crafts produced by their disabled community.
There were representatives from RAK Hospital offering physiotherapy, free eye testing and professional services of a clinical psychologist and counsellor. Al Taleb Community Centre’s resident educational psychologist provided professional information about assessments and counselling, while The RAK Autism Centre and RAK Rehabilitation Centre sent their resident experts and shared visually stimulating materials to demonstrate and teach the valuable work they provide for the autistic and disabled community. Centers from other Emirates also participated in this Awareness Exhibition.
The HCT-RAK campuses’ Special Educational Needs Committee provided health and blood pressure checks through their resident nurse. The members’ expertise was shown by educating students and staff in Diabetes, Dyslexia and Special Educational Needs.
On Tuesday, March 21 the event continued at RAK Men’s campus with further talks by Yasser El Sayed Mohammed from the Abnaona Center and Aishah Ahmed Mohammed from Fujairah Police.
On Wednesday, 22nd March, the event culminated with the announcement of the awareness campaign poster competition winners and some fun and friendly games between disabled athletes.