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NGOs' support of people with disability "worthy of praise" -- minister
March 17, 2015, 4:26 pm

The efforts carried out by Kuwaiti Non-Governmental Organizations in the field of aiding people with special needs are well documented and worthy of praise, said Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of State for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subieh here Tuesday.

Speaking to the press at the First Regional Conference on MAKATON (Kuwait and the Gulf) and Communication Difficulties, Minister Al-Subieh said that the event was a great chance to highlight efforts carried out by the society towards this segment of the society with difficulty in communicating.

The Makaton conference, held under the patronage of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, is an opportunity that will allow those with special needs to integrate more with society, said the minister.

On her part, Chair of the conference, Member of the board at the Kuwait Society for the Handicapped, and MAKATON (Kuwait and Gulf) Manager Sebicha Al-Jasser said that MAKATON program provides a valuable opportunity for those with speech and communication problems, noting that the convention of the conference reflected Kuwait's earnest desire to help the people with special needs.

She indicated that Kuwait was amongst the first GCC nations to integrate MAKATON program in 1988, affirming that the program had since helped many to communicate.

The MAKATON is a language program designed to provide a means of communication to individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking.

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