Al Noor Training Centre gets a graphic language system

Al Noor Training Centre, which started in 1981 with only eight children and currently boasts over 250 students from 31 nationalities, including 10 per cent Emiratis, has acquired a graphic language system to provide access to students who are blind, functionally blind or on the initial Certification of Vision Impairment (CVI) range. This graphic language system provides access to these students Incorporating core and fringe words during various routines enables students to relate to various situations and access communication which would otherwise be very complex to learn and understand. Based on trans-disciplinary assessments and discussions, a range of accessible solutions gets customized for its students based on their needs. This includes the use of the 3D printer to print core word symbols+ braille, (files from the Project Core website), real objects and various sensory materials to depict the vocabulary. 

With a holistic approach to well-being and development, the Al Noor Training Centre now provides high-quality professional training for People with Disabilities in Dubai. It has specially-designed programmes to suit an individual’s needs, including children and young adults with various physical and cognitive challenges like Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. They also employ Trans-Disciplinary Assessment and Intervention methods to ensure each child gets the precise help they need. The goal of Al Noor is to make students of determination skilled and productive members of the community. Former students of Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities hit the headlines during the Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi in 2019.  One of the oldest training facilities in Dubai for children with disabilities, Al Noor started in a villa in Jumeirah and is presently located in Al Barsha. The non-profit organization relies on fundraising and sponsorship to cover the costs of its running. Its broad curriculum covers all areas of training and development and it offers a wide range of therapies, vocational training, work placement schemes, co-curricular activities and satellite programmes – all designed to support students and their families every step of the way. The children are taught in bright and airy classrooms, several of them fitted with the latest specialist equipment. It leads the way in employing assistive technology to help them achieve their maximum potential. It boasts a well-equipped gym, a large multi-purpose auditorium, a swimming pool and a shaded, outdoor playground.


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