from Kuwait News Agency (KUNA):
A Kuwaiti official in the field of health and care for people with Down syndrome said on Thursday that Kuwait, with all its health, educational, and psychological institutions, is always keen to care for its citizens with Down syndrome, providing them with the best support which guarantees a better future for them.
Dr. Sadika Al-Awadi, Chairperson of Kuwait Down Syndrome Society, told KUNA that Kuwait was able to provide people with Down syndrome, of all ages, with medical, educational, rehabilitating, and entertaining services through the Society, indicating at the same time that some individuals with Down syndrome, who went through the Society's psychological and educational rehabilitation, showed remarkable perceptional and behavioral improvement as they also became dependent on themselves.
The Society cooperates with the Ministry of Education in efforts to mixing children with Down syndrome with their normal mates, Dr. Al-Awadi said, adding that the education ministry has specified nine classrooms in six educational areas in Kuwait for students with Down syndrome, as well as special curriculums for them. Their significant improvement in their studies, artistic and musical talents, and behaviors were visibly notable, she noted.
Furthermore, she indicated that Kuwait Down Syndrome Society works on making families and societies aware of needs of people with Down syndrome, encouraging them to provide this category with care, support, and investment of spare time by using latest technological and educational elements and resources in order to develop their physical and mental abilities.
The Society strives on developing scientific concepts through conducting researches, studies, and exchange of information with other specialized societies and committees, Dr. Al-Awadi asserted, adding that the Society also continues to issue educational and awareness bulletins, pamphlets, and broachers, supporting any effort or production which helps improve abilities of people with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, being universally present across racial, gender or socioeconomic lines, and affecting approximately 1 in 800 live births, although there is considerable variation worldwide.
It usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues.