KUWAIT, March 20 (KUNA) -- A Kuwaiti official in the field of health and
care for people with Down syndrome said on Thursday that Kuwait, with all its
health, educational, and psychological institutions, is always keen to care
for its citizens with Down syndrome, providing them with the best support
which guarantees a better future for them.
Dr. Sadika Al-Awadi, Chairperson of Kuwait Down Syndrome Society, told KUNA
that Kuwait was able to provide people with Down syndrome, of all ages, with
medical, educational, rehabilitating, and entertaining services through the
Society, indicating at the same time that some individuals with Down syndrome,
who went through the Society's psychological and educational rehabilitation,
showed remarkable perceptional and behavioral improvement as they also became
dependent on themselves.
The Society cooperates with the Ministry of Education in efforts to mixing
children with Down syndrome with their normal mates, Dr. Al-Awadi said, adding
that the education ministry has specified nine classrooms in six educational
areas in Kuwait for Down syndrome students, as well as special curriculums for
them. Their significant improvement in their studies, artistic and musical
talents, and behaviors were visibly notable, she noted.
Furthermore, she indicated that Kuwait Down Syndrome Society works on
making families and societies aware of needs of people with Down syndrome,
encouraging them to provide this category with care, support, and investment
of spare time by using latest technological and educational elements and
resources in order to develop their physical and mental abilities.
The Society strives on developing scientific concepts through conducting
researches, studies, and exchange of information with other specialized
societies and committees, Dr. Al-Awadi asserted, adding that the Society also
continues to issue educational and awareness bulletins, pamphlets, and
broachers, supporting any effort or production which helps improve abilities
of people with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has
always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across
racial, gender or socioeconomic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800
live births, although there is considerable variation worldwide.
It usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability
and associated medical issues. (end)
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