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Lending A Hand
May 11-12 | Special Needs Support Exhibition | The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

A rise in children with mental and physical disabilities and impairments led to the initiation of this exhibition, which returns for a fourth year, with bigger ambitions.

The challenges faced by children with disabilities are often brought to the attention of the public; the needs of the people who tend to the disabled, however, largely remain unaddressed.

The fourth edition of the Special Needs Support Exhibition (SNSE) is themed arounf 'Help Make Life Easier', and is designed to equip the disabled and their families with skills to do just that.

The organisers introduce two new competitions this year, film-making and cooking, to promote this theme. A preview of these themes will be held at Bahrain City Centre on May 8 and 9, respectively, prior to the exhibition at The Gulf Hotel Bahrain on May 11-12.

"Both contests are designed to focus on the disabled as a means to aid them on a successful path for their future," says Mohammed Bucheri, chairman of the organising committee.

"Following the success of our first exhibition, this year will focus on skills that can be instilled or developed in children or people with special needs. It advises parents on the latest techniques to assist them."

Direct your own film
The 10-minute short films should address the daily lives of people with special needs, their fears, aspirations for the future and a desire to live in a society that gives them the freedom to live in dignity. Submit deadline is April 20.

Winners will be selected by a panel of experts, based on ideas, clarity of filming, dialogue and art direction.

Can you cook?
The cooking competition, which will be hosted by chef Yousif, from Novotel Al Dana Resort, and chef Noor, from the TV series Chop That. Noor will demonstrate how people with special needs can create their own dishes with ease.

Contestants will be asked to prepare dishes in the three categories - salads, sandwiches and deserts - and these will be judged by a panel of local chefs on the basis of taste, method of preparation, presentation and innovation.

Three winners will be awarded for their creations and certificates will be handed out to all participants.

SNSE is organised by ProVision in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the National Institute for the Disabled. i Call 17 369-595 or email