Teenager opens multisensory room for disabled children
Mar 03, 2012 (Arab News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
In an attempt to draw attention to people with disabilities and integrate them in the society, Dar Al-Fikr student Noura Al-Zaid has created a multisensory room at the Hope Center in Jeddah as part of completing her graduation project course.
The room, which will help people with special needs to communicate and unlock their imprisoned emotions, was opened on Tuesday in the presence of doctors, friends and other people interested as well as her parents, who sponsored the project.
As the name reveals, the multisensory room is designed to stimulate the senses of disabled people, enabling them to experience environments they do not encounter elsewhere. It can be set up for children or adults of all ages and can be installed for therapy and education, but also for leisure.
"With the use of different tools, disabled people can feel snow and underwater milieus," explained Al-Zaid. "The room contains various lights and music boxes that produce different sounds. I also used the latest technology, such as an iPad and computer, to provoke communication."
Although this method of learning is not completely new in Saudi Arabia, most such rooms are not utilized to their maximum potential.
"Volunteers working in centers for disabled people generally don't know the opportunities multisensory rooms offer, and use them only for relaxation. In the future, I hope to bring experts to teach the instructors how to make use of the rooms," said the 17-year-old student, who is also the president of the school's Student Council.
The Hope Center in Jeddah is a charity institute that teaches life skills to disabled children. By helping them to become independent, the children can become part of society.
"In Saudi Arabia, we rarely ever recognize the existence of people with special needs in public. We usually push them away, thinking they are obtuse."
However, according to Al-Zaid, this belief couldn't be farther from the truth: "A lot of these people are rather intelligent. The problem is their inability to reflect that to others."
Apart from integrating and assimilating people with disabilities in society, Al-Zaid also hopes her project would encourage other youngsters to get involved in community services and enhance their sense of social responsibility.
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