FUTURE CENTRE’S SYMPOSIUM 2016
November 19, 2016
Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak al Nahayan, Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and Honorary President of the Future Rehabilitation Centre, we organized two days of training and learning events on the 19th and 20th of November 2016. There were closed to three hundred participants from around the UAE who attended the first day of symposium entitled “Empowering Teachers, Therapists and Parents”. The symposium opened with a speech by H.E.Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan which was followed by the awarding to the Centre’s its 3rd round CLM Accreditation from the Tucci Learning Solutions, USA.
Following the accreditation ceremony, from H. E. Sheikh Nahayan nine of our students received their Certificates of Completion of the New Horizons course from the Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN). The symposium then proceeded with the series of lessons taught by multi-disciplinary and international speakers. The more than three hundred attendees heard current researches, international practices and methods to achieve best outcomes for students with disabilities. The key note speaker, Dr Karen Guldberg, Director of the Autism Centre at Birmingham University presented topics on meeting the needs of the individual pupil from observation, to assessment and designing the learning programme. She also presented topics such as Learning and Development: Curriculum and Access to Learning, Good practices in Education for students with autism and Adapting the Environment, Communicative and Sensory adaptations. The three other specialists who presented equally significant topics were Dr. Elaine Killowry a Psychologist from Ireland, Ms. Kirsten Schwabel, a seasoned Special Educator from the USA and Ms. Jennifer Sylvan, an Occupational Therapist also from the USA.
The second day of the event on 20th November was held at the Future Rehabilitation Centre in Mohammed bin Zayed City. Dr. Guldberg did classroom observations and later devoted the afternoon to presenting additional topics to the staff members of the centre. There were parents who also took time out from their busy schedules for a more engaging discussion with Dr. Guldberg. Each of the parents had the opportunity to ask questions and was given tips and suggestions to address their respective concerns.