Awareness Events



LDE 2021

Zayed University Celebrates Learning Diversity

Student Accessibility Services Virtually Organizes The 4th “Learning Difficulties” Event

The Department of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at Zayed University (ZU) has recently organized an online event under the theme of ‘Celebrate Learning Diversity’. The event focuses on raising awareness on the uniqueness of each individual’s learning capacity. The event took place on 16th of March 2021 and featured Zayed university students that SAS is working with and hosted many interactive activities to raise awareness about learning difficulties.

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Ear Care Awareness Day

In association with VPS, SAS ran two events to create awareness of hearing and the importance of looking after ears in Dubai on the 9th of April and Abu Dhabi on the 11th of April 2018. Both highly successful displays evolved around workshops and activities which created awareness of hearing impairment, and the profoundly deaf. There was a special clinic set up to test hearing with a qualified audiologist. This was followed by a poster display with a nurse who explained the content to the participants. Next, one of SAS’s profoundly deaf students gave a presentation about her communication journey using assistive technology. There was also a lecture by a qualified audiologist on the structure of the ear and how to care for it. In addition, there was a listening game, and a display of technology items that people can use if they are deaf or hard of hearing. Finally, participants learned how to sign to show how the profoundly deaf communicate within their community.

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Eight ZU White Cane Day

With the slogan “With my Cane, my Freedom I Gain”, this eagerly anticipated annual event captured the minds of students and faculty alike with its creative activities and well-designed program. Participants experienced low vision with specially designed glasses which simulated the effects of different eye diseases. There was also training on how to use a white can, and the best ways to guide a blind person. One of the most popular events was Eating in the Dark where participants experienced how blind people eat their food. In Abu Dhabi an artist demonstrated how blind people paint, and participants put on blind folds to paint plastic face masks, and scenes on paper. While in Dubai a museum was established showing how the use of Braille evolved over the past two hundred years. Students with low vision also demonstrated the applications they use on a daily basic to access their technology. Al Nattiq was in attendance at both events show casing the up-to-date equipment being used at the moment by the blind and people with low vision.