According to Sabah Mohammed Al Bahlani, Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities, “We are the only centre that intervenes when a child is a baby and helps parents to integrate children in larger societies, either in schools or other programmes they can attend,” she said.
The association received government approval in May 2000, though it had been operating since 1998, and works to help children with disabilities until the age of six years.
“A majority of children, when they leave us at the age of six, are integrated into educational programmes. Every year, we have 20 to 40 children graduating from our centre,” she said.
“The early intervention is there, but when they reach the age of 14 or 15, they don’t have facilities to continue. This is the challenge we need to work on as a society.”