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Organizations

The Kuwait Society for the Handicapped is a member of several international organizations operating in the field and is considered as a regional center for some of these organizations.

The Society is a member of the following organizations

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Rehabilitation International

Rehabilitation International is an international network for persons with disabilities. It was founded in 1922. Its members are among persons with disabilities, government and non-government institutions that provide services for persons with disabilities working to improve the quality of their lives. RI has over 1,000 member organizations in 96 countries around the world. It was developed by volunteer efforts of persons and institutions seeking to serve persons with disabilities and enable them to get their rights. It is noteworthy to mention that this pioneer Organization employs the services of specialists capable of devising the necessary programs and studies for all kinds of disabilities.

The Kuwait Society for the Handicapped has been a member in Rehabilitation International since 1976 and some of its members occupy significant positions there. Mrs. Munira Khaled Al Mutawa, Chair of KSH, holds a position of the RI National Secretary for the State of Kuwait, Vice Chair of the RI Institution for Arab Region and Chair of the RI ICTA Global for Arab Region. Mr. Hashem Taqi, the former Director General of the Society holds a position of the RI Vice President for Arab Region since 2016 and is a member of the RI Nominating Committee since 1996.

Inclusion International

Inclusion International is a global federation of organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Inclusion International represents over 200 member federations in 115 countries throughout five regions, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Pacific.

Inclusion International aims to promoting human rights for persons with intellectual disabilities and their families, their inclusion in the society and helping and supporting organizations and individuals that are its members.

The Kuwait Society for the Handicapped joined the Inclusion International in 1976.

VSA (Very Special Arts)

VSA is a specialized, non-profit organization that provides artistic programs and activities in various fields. It was established in 1974 by the Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in Washington D.C., USA. It is a member of The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center and provides educational and artistic activities and programs in different fields such as visual arts, music, dance, drama and creative writing for students and artists with disabilities. These programs are realized through participation of the Organization’s affiliates from all American States in addition to (80) countries worldwide.

The Organization aims to presenting achievements of persons with disabilities to the society through their artistic and creative contributions, showcasing their talents and breaking the barriers that prevent them to be included in society by utilizing such mediums as international festivals, exhibitions and educational programs. The Organization considers arts as very important in early education process as they help children to develop their oral and written skills as means of communication that increases their social skills and enables them to develop a strong learning base.

 The Makaton Charity

The Makaton Vocabulary Development Program or "Makaton Charity" is a British non-profit charitable organization, founded in 1978, and Makaton is a language program specifically designed to develop communication, language and literacy skills for children and adults with learning and communication difficulties. This program was introduced to the State of Kuwait in 1988 by Mrs. Sabika Saad Al-Jasser, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society after it was translated and modified to suit the Kuwaiti environment. The Society established the Makaton Center Kuwait and the Gulf under its umbrella.