Continued success for Speech and Communication Center in UAE

The United Arab Emirates have seen rapid economic and social development over the last few years. Given the need for improving services for hearing impaired and deaf people, the Kalimati Speech and Communication Center provides speech and language therapy services to children with various communication and linguistic needs, and aims to increase awareness of the issue of hearing loss in the country, reports Gulfnews.

Kalimati, or “my words” in Arabic, was established in October 2010 by Bedour Saeed Al Raqbani, who is now director of the center. At that time, she was looking for an organization that could provide special care for her two-year-old daughter who had been diagnosed with profound hearing loss. When she found nowhere suitable, she decided to create the type of place her daughter needed herself.

The Center now takes in 35 children each year and has dedicated, committed staff, who try to create a warm and fun environment for the children they support. “I’ve never woken up in the morning and felt that I was going to work. I love doing this and find it purposeful and rewarding,” says Sabine Al Deek, technical manager and speech and language therapist at the Center.

The Center organized the Hear My Voice Conference in April 2013 at Zayed University in Dubai, and more than 300 people of different nationalities attended the event which aimed to improve the perception of the basic requirements for hearing impaired and deaf people in the UAE.