November 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

November 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

November 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

Published on: 01 Nov 2022

Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

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November 3: World Jellyfish Day

Did you know that a group of jellyfish can be called a bloom, a swarm, or a smack? Despite the word “fish” in their names, jellyfish are not actually fish. No bones about it, they are invertebrates! Besides their lack of bones, jellyfish also lack a brain. Instead, they have a network of nerves, but no central nervous system. When feeding, jellyfish use their tentacles to sting their prey – they eat plankton. But what eats a jellyfish? Many animals do, including tunas, sharks, turtles, and humans!

In honor of World Jellyfish Day, November 3, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has compiled a few of our jellyfish greatest hits from deep-ocean exploration expeditions in the Pacific. You can also check out other jellyfish from expeditions all around the globe in this mission log.



 The UAE: New initiative to provide free reading lessons to schoolchildren

A new UAE initiative is set to provide free learning sessions for public school students to enhance their reading skills and ignite the passion for reading in them.

The Emirates College for Advanced Education launched the “iRead” initiative as part of its ongoing innovation in developing future educational leaders.

The” iRead” initiative targets students and teachers from all ESE schools. It is free to subscribe to, and its sessions will be held every Friday at the Library and Learning Supporting Hub of Emirates College for Advanced Education from 9am to 11.30am.

Incluzun Present and the Inclusive Employment Conference 2022

Muc employment in MENA is not disability inclusive, let's change that narrative together. ImInclusive welcomes you to the Inclusive Employment Conference where People of Determination are in lead and employers can learn how to start disability inclusion readiness. People of Determination, Managers, Recruiters and Organizations experienced in hiring People of Determination will share from their experiences and expertise.


Led by ImInclusive, MENA's leading inclusive employment platform, we welcome you to convene and overcome challenges towards building a truly inclusive workforce, aligned to UAE national vision and strategy, directly impacting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 10. REGISTER HERE

International World Children’s Day November 20th  

Each year on November 20th, World Children’s Day promotes the welfare of children around the world. The day also spreads awareness for issues that children face and celebrates international togetherness.

Human rights don’t just apply to adults. They apply to children as well. Children deserve the right to life, health, education, and even the right to play. Additionally, children’s rights include the right to family life, protection from violence, and not to be discriminated against. The child also has the right for their views to be heard.                                 

MYMAXIMUS provide industry opportunities for people of determination in the Emirates

Our Trusted Partner MyMaximus have launched their new shops- created by, stocked and delivered by their very own Students of Determination. These are an amazing way to showcase the wonderful products and art that these students are producing in a sustainable and productive way. Visit My Maximus to see them in real life!



World Kindness Day November 13th

On November 13th, as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious cold. We want to share it more than usual because studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness, too.

Students crack one of the world’s toughest exams in India

Considered one of the world's toughest exams, JEE allows its applicants to get into some of the premiere educational institutions in India. It is conducted in two parts- JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. Of the more than 155,000 students who wrote the exam this year, only a little over 40,000 students were successful. Students in the UAE cite their strategies for success in this article, read more about it HERE.


UAE School Leaders Group supporting progressive best practice

An amazing whatsapp group is supporting school leaders across the Emirates. Founded by Mr. Mohsin Ibrahim a broadly experienced Educational Leader who is passionate about  improving practice. 

He states “Educational leadership should focus on the individual learning, psychological, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. School learning communities must foster high expectations for all students, but they also must incorporate an ethic of care that recognizes that not all students are the same and values those differences.” 

The group has grown over the past years and now hosts over 200 hundred principals, vice principals, regulatory representatives as well as a multitude of specialists. The group acts as a constant source of news, updates in research and a community where any question is answered within a few hours. 

Speaking about the impact of the group, Dolly Goriawala notes:

“There is not a selfish bone in the body of this group. People share information before it is even requested. It's not all about education or recruitment, the group sometimes dips into the field of compassion. It’s a 200-strong group with one fiercely beating heart”.

Support for mothers of children with individual needs

UAE based team Karen Kehdy and Mirna Balmonac have come together to support mothers who have children with individual needs. They are working tirelessly across the community to connect and support parents on their journey. They help to connect mothers who have children with similar needs, connect to centres and therapists who have been proven to be good practitioners and answer the many many questions that arise when dealing with complex needs.

Accessible Tourism at the fore for Dubai

The UAE has placed the comfort and care of People of Determination as a core pillar of its community’s wellbeing. In line with the vision of our leadership to be amongst the friendliest countries in the world for People of Determination, we are pleased to host Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit (DATTIS) in November, to showcase how we have made our cities more accessible and enjoyable for millions of tourists with disabilities from around the world. The Summit will give us a chance to meet like-minded leaders and experts from across the globe to share our insights, experiences, and best practices. The Summit will also help us further improve the city’s tourist facilities, including hotels, resorts, airports, transport services, shopping malls, beaches, parks and museums, to serve the requirements of tourists with disabilities from around the world and ensure they get the best possible services and experience in our country.”



Incluzun Present at the Accessibilities Expo with our Trusted Partner Topland

Under the National Policy for Empowering People of Determination, accessAbilities Expo will bring the latest technologies, services and ideas from around the world that our public and private sectors can adopt to enhance the lives of People of Determination and create a common platform for us to meet, learn and collaborate with our global peers. The UAE aims to be a global leader in providing the highest quality of life and happiness for our citizens and residents, and AccessAbilities Expo will ensure we achieve the same standards of excellence for People of Determination as we have set for all our communities.

Find out more HERE

Topland win UAE’s Customer happiness Award

Last month TopLand, the regions premier provider of assistive technology and Trusted partner of Incluzun, won the Customer Happiness Award in a wonderful ceremony in Dubai. Beating huge providers like Nakheel to get the coveted prize. This cements their place in supporting the community and providing inclusive care for all in the Emirates. 

ImInclusive Supporting People of Determination in the Workforce

ImInclusive is the MENA's 1st Digital Hub of Inclusion. Connecting People With Disabilities to Inclusive Jobs and Empowering Employers to Embrace Inclusion.

ImInclusive Digital Hub is available for registration. Members include employers, industry specialists, learners, and job seekers who gain access to multiple powerful features through the powerful online portal. This valuable platform is connecting people to employers and vice versa across the region with a HUGE impact on employability.


ImInclusive began in a heart and mind, which identified that the community can have a rather disabled approach when dealing with people with disabilities (People of Determination). Growing up with a single parent in a family of 6 siblings, the Founder, Hafsa Qadeer, has been deeply impacted by the journey of her brother, Ahmed Qadeer, a self-taught content writer and editor. He is currently home-schooled in Pakistan as it is best practice for his health while he faces life with spina bifida. Her lived experience defines her values and principles in life: she acknowledges the difference in behaviors in treating people with disabilities and the lack of accountability entire societies can portray towards justice.

In the US: 4 Laws that helped shape the US school system

The Education for All Handicapped Children Act, 

Originally passed in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) — frequently referred to as Public Law 94-142 — requires that all public schools accepting federal funds must provide equal access to education for children with physical and/or mental disabilities.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

What was known as the EHA eventually became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990.

The Assistive Technology Act

Originally instated in 1998, the Assistive Technology Act was reauthorized in 2004. It provides assistive technology to persons with disabilities so they can more fully participate in education, employment and daily activities on level playing fields with other people in their communities.

The Handicapped Children’s Protection Act

While the EHA mandated that all public schools receiving financial support from the federal government provide special-needs students with nondiscriminatory access to all educational programs, the Handicapped Children’s Protection Act (HCPA) of 1986 was created to instate provisions not covered by the EHA. 

Incluzun chair GESS talks webinar on inclusive education with expert panelists

You can watch this stimulating discussion on the GESS website

You can see Incluszun and these amazing panelists live at GESS Dubai November 15-17 at the World Trade Centre.

Register HERE

The Developing Child Centre host a range of workshops supporting the Inclusion Community

Happiness Dogs Programme by Karalynn and Dr. Hannah


 Free resources on Inclusive Teaching from Teacher Toolkit 

Find a range of useful webinars, presentations, resources and articles relevant to the professional practice 'Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce” Assessment for Learning ' from the Teacher Toolkit for teacher educators. HERE

Free Live Webinars in Education



The Writing Rope: A Framework for Evidence-Based Writing Instruction Mon 7th Nov



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