The 334 issue of Al Manal E-Magazine for December 2018, which is part of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) publications, released. Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS, is the chief editor. The publication aims at educating the Arab family, providing it with information, theoretical, and applied knowledge as well as training programs and raising their health awareness. It provides consultation, researches, and anything related to bringing up children and social development. It highlights the issues of women, children, and persons with disabilities and their parents as well as the regulations concerning their lives.
In Al Manal “Researches” section, we can read about the evidence-based practices in managing the behavioral challenges of students with disabilities by Mr. Mahmoud Mohammed Abdel Maqsoud. We also read about the impact of therapeutic drama on social interaction and educational achievement of students with autism spectrum disorders and mental disability by Adel Yousif Raslan.
In the same section, we read about the effectiveness of the structured education of TEACCH program in improving the daily life skills of children with autism spectrum disorders by Professor Mohamed Walid Abdel-Hassib Al-Shamali. We read also about Dolphin Therapy by Professor Nazem Fawzi.
In “Assistive Technology” section, we read a report on modern techniques for making video calls using sign language. In “Culture and Literature” section, we read about the experience of artist Raouf Al-Karay with comic books targeting children with visual impairment. In addition, we learn about children's books and disability research by Dr. Rebecca Butler. Mr. Mohamed Nabulsi translated this study.
This month, Al Manal included a report by Dr. Taha Talaat who passed away before the release of issue 334 of the Magazine about a catalog of drawings made by children with hearing impairment in Sudan. In addition, Mr. Hashim Katae translated a material about critical thinking (concept and definition).
In “Character & Interview” section, SCHS journalist Hazem Dahi Shehadeh interviewed the Principal of Al Amal School for the Deaf Mrs. Afaf Al – Haridi. In “Life” section, the same journalist has written about 70 students with disabilities learning in mosaic workshop at SCHS branch in Kallba, which aims to empower them socially and financially.
In “Activities and Events” section, we read about the gift of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in honor of her unlimited humanitarian efforts.
Furthermore, we read that Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services has opened Al Zahya SMARTFARM, which is the first of its kind in the region, and signing a memorandum with Korea Technologies Corporation.
Al Manal “Activities and Events” section is rich. SCHS Center for Early Intervention wins Sheikha Fatima Award for Motherhood and Childhood. Sharjah Center for Autism collaborates with Sharjah Archaeology Museum in launching a mining project. Doctor and Writer Mohammed Omran Tarim, donates his Award for the Best Published Book in UAE to Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. SCHS had outstanding contribution to Sharjah International Book Fair. For more information about this contribution, please login to Al Manal website.
In “Social Issues” section, we read about the right to vote for persons with intellectual disabilities from the translation of Hisham Kattami, and follow-up by Yuen Tangwei. Leslie Donaldson Reid has written about talking to the child about his disability. Mr. Mazen Quqas translated this material.
In “Opinion” section, Her Highness Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Vice President of Supreme Council for Family Affairs & Director General of SCHS, has written an article about 29 Al Amal Camp theme “Let’s Talk about Disability”.
We read an article entitled “sign language is right to deaf people” by Fahim Sultan Al-Qudsi. Mr. Hashim Kitta prepared material about Individual Education. We finally read by Jessica Gruno about going back to school and talking with children about disabilities in a series of articles on 29 Al Amal Camp theme “Let’s Talk about Disability”.