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Posted On: 15 February 2010 10:57 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

HOPEQatar to host public workshop

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The inaugural ‘Message of Hope’ series organised jointly by HOPEQatar Centre for Children with Special Needs and Friends of HOPE will feature a public workshop comprising presentations by renowned advocates for persons with disabilities. To be held on March 3 at the Doha Modern Indian School auditorium in Abu Hamour, the workshop will start with Sujeet Desai, a victim of Down’s syndrome who is a renowned self-advocate for persons with disabilities and a gifted performer, leading a musical presentation titled ‘The story of my life’, which will share his story from infancy till after his marriage, his current independent life, and his struggles with self advocacy during his achievements. The second presentation will be titled ‘Improvising Disability with Multiple Intelligence’ which will be delivered by Dr Sindoor Desai, Sujeet’s mother who is also a self advocate for persons with disabilities and the President of the Association of Asian Parents of children with Down’s syndrome. She has presented and addressed numerous seminars and symposia across the world and has been actively involved in creating some of the opportunities for children with special needs in the US Education System. In her widely acclaimed workshop, she talks about lifetime parental advocacy for a special child, how to apply “Theory of multiple intelligences” to overcome their weaknesses and bring the best in their child, explaining various researches to show how human brain can be trained to use multiple intelligence theory in medical field as well as in schools. The series will also feature a two-hour concert of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) featuring Sujeet Desai playing several musical instruments. To be held on March 5, the concert’s repertoire will consist of leading western classical compositions and Hollywood musical themes. “These events seek to spread the message that if given the right opportunities at the right time, children with special needs can achieve great success, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that such opportunities are provided to them so that they become value adding members of the society and will not be considered as a social liability,” said Rajeev Thomas, co-founder and advisory board member. Entry to the programs is free but by invitation only. Interested individuals can register by calling 700HOPE (7004673), or 5977647, by sending e-mail to [email protected] or online at Invitation for the concert can also be requested through the QPO at [email protected] or by speaking to representatives during their concerts.