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Education Investment MENA
Conference: 13 - 14 November 2024
Sheraton Grand DubaiUnited Arab Emirates


Reimaging Special Education Needs

Virtual Session

21 September 2023 | 14:00 - 16:00 GST | 2 hours


Special Education Needs (SEN) services in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region have been on the rise and have seen a significant growth in the areas of catering to the needs of students with special abilities. 

Countries including UAE and Qatar have introduced laws and policies to support the inclusion of students with special abilities in mainstream education. 

Additionally, there are a growing number of non-profit organizations and private companies, especially in the tech spectrum, that are also catering to the specialized needs of these services and products in the region.

Why attend?

Get insights about Special Education Needs focusses elements

Hear subject matter experts talk on how to successfully integrate SEN teachers and software within their institutes

Learn about the industry trends, best practices, new developments

Establish relationships with the movers and shakers of the SEN community


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome Address by Conference Chair

14:05 – 14:25 SEN Revolution and Future of Special Education Delivery in MENA: Opportunities for Inclusion and Progress

  • Creating inclusive educational environment: Exploring the opportunities and shortfalls in the offerings in the region
  • Implementing education policies and legal frameworks for comprehensive growth of the society
  • From policy to practice: Implementing effective inclusive education for all

14:25 – 14:45: Expansion of Training and Resources for Educators to Accommodate Demands of Diverse Learning Needs

  • Building inclusive schools through expert workforce: Strategies for implementing effective education delivery for all sects
  • Driving change for better teacher trainings and professional development
  • Special education pedagogy: Key considerations in teacher training programs

Ahmed Shaban, Strategy and Corporate Excellence Expert (Director of Strategy and Excellence Office), Sharjah Private Education Authority

14:45 – 15:05: Early Special Education Needs: Sustainable Approaches to Special Education Needs in Early Years

  • Identification and assessment of the special education needs in early years to provide timely support
  • Inclusive early years learning spectrum for collective learning: Adapting right curriculum and teaching strategies
  • Play-based learning: Opportunities for exploration, social interaction, and skill development

Maisoon Alkhafaji, Manager of Dubai Early Childhood Development Center – People of Determination Department, Community Development Authority – Dubai

15:05 – 15:25 Assistive Technology & SEN: How technology supports students with hands-on demonstration for easy learning?

  • Leveraging EdTech and transforming the knowledge delivery by harnessing technological advancements
  • Inclusive by design: Harnessing the benefits of assistive technology for students with SEN
  • Enhancing learning through assistive technology: The role of assistive technology in inclusive classrooms

15:25 – 15:55 Collaboration and Partnerships in Supporting Students with SEN

  • Interprofessional collaboration: Enhancing support for differently abled Students
  • Building inclusive communities: Collaboration and partnerships for better resulting institutions
  • Parental Involvement and Advocacy: Enhancing the educational journey of children

Panelists: Dr. Ahmed Aldousari, Assistant Professor - Department of Special Education, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaiziz University
Senior representative from Al Noor Foundation

15:55 – 16:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chair