Activities

  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    OpenMinds has been actively lobbying and helping schools embrace sustainable special educational programs and activities in their normal curricula. In October 2014, OpenMinds completely renovated two floors at the Lebanese Evangelical School to create therapy rooms dedicated to functional academic programs geared towards kids with special needs.  Such programs allow children to learn practical skills needed in daily life.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015
    OpenMinds set up a speech therapy room and a psychomotor therapy room at the Antonine International School (Ajaltoun), to advance skills and facilitate learning.  In collaboration with the Lebanon Evangelical School Loueizeh, several workshops took place at the Antonine International School to train therapists and educators in launching special education programs in their schools.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    At Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour and in collaboration with OpenMinds, all grade 10 students were in blue celebrating the Autism Awareness day on April 26.Thank you PROMO 2018 and College Notre Dame de Jamhour. Photos by UF Concepts

  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Last year OpenMinds sent a team of professionals, board members and parents to Harvard to attend a program entitled “Universal Design for Learning: Leading Inclusive Education for All Students” (UDL). This knowledge was put into practice by hosting a two day workshop on UDL at Antonine International School (AIS). The workshop was given by Mrs. Lara el Khatib in collaboration with OpenMinds to a group of teachers at Antonine International School in March of this year. They were taught key principles of UDL by analyzing concrete examples and real life case studies. At the end of the workshop, teachers evaluated its quality and content. 

  • ASSISTANCE TO SCHOOLS - Sagesse Brasilia and Sagesse Plus
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    OpenMinds is proud to have helped four additional schools by reinforcing and enhancing school support and services for students with special needs.Sagesse Brasilia and Sagesse PlusOpenMinds was a primary partner in the major rehabilitation of the premises for students with special needs at the Sagesse – Brasilia school. The initial goal of the project was to restore a floor within the school dedicated to inclusive education. The project was expanded in light of the enthusiasm and vision of Father Superior of the College, Reverend Father Pierre Abi Saleh, and Father Tony Karam. Thanks to their ambitious ideas, the pilot project provides necessary support for special needs students in a natural setting, and expanding such services to a wider student population after school hours. The center was inaugurated in September of 2017 and has a capacity of 60 students.Beirut Baptist SchoolSupport from OpenMinds to Beirut Baptist School (BBS) in the heart of Beirut, has enabled significant expansion, enhancement, and accommodation for its Special Education program. The program aims at identifying students with learning difficulties and providing them with appropriate academic, social, and emotional interventions within the school curriculum. The vision of BBS is to reduce gaps between student current performance and developmental levels. Special educators, therapists, and regular teachers cooperate collaboratively to help students reach their ultimate potential.  OpenMinds is supporting a new department that is under construction to house this program that will enable enrollment of additional special needs students.Beirut Baptist School Ahliah SchoolOpenMinds presented a grant to Ahliah School in Beirut in April 2018 to support its inclusion program. The collaboration enhances Ahliah’s program, particularly for its students with learning difficulties, by providing resources and training.  The grant will be used to purchase specialized educational resources for the school. As part of the professional development support, upon the request of OpenMinds, Ms. Lara Khatib  conducted a workshop on the practice of differentiated instruction in mainstream classroom environment.Ahliah School classroomShouf National CollegeOpenMinds granted funds in May 2018 to Shouf National College to refurbish the schools’ Learning Support Department and its resources. This work is in progress and will be completed in time for the academic year 2018-2019.Shouf National College Trait D’Union servicesOpenMinds’ partnership with Trait D’Union, a resources, and orientation center established by the Foyer de la Providence and the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement, continues for the second year. Trait d’Union assists mainstream public/private schools by providing training and support for the implementation of inclusive practices involving parents, teachers, and therapists. OpenMinds renewed funding of training sessions to seven private schools and donated additional funds for training and materials for partner schools.Trait D'union Teachers workshop

  • COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH OTHER NGO’s
    Monday, October 16, 2017
    Lebanese Autism Society (LAS) In fall 2017, OpenMinds & LAS collaborated to relocate and refurbish the LAS Center for Autism Intervention and Research (CAIR). The center, which provides support to individuals with autism in the areas of adaptive living skills, independent living arrangements, supported employment, education, social skills development and recreational opportunities, was inaugurated in March 2018 in the presence of HE Minister Pierre Bou Assi and various members of OpenMinds.Step Together Association The I Can Work program, developed by Step Together Association and funded by OpenMinds, is designed to integrate students with learning difficulties in actual workplaces within the community, under the supervision of a direct coach and coordinator. The program, which began in October 2017, is geared towards students between the ages of 16 and 18 years. It intends to equip the students with job-readiness skills and ways to be successful at work through real work experiences, related readings, and post reflections. In April 2018, workplaces included a restaurant, two hairdresser salons, one supermarket and one home appliance shop. The workplace within Step Together included a bakery workshop and a class in the Primary Section. Over the last six months, students in this highly successful endeavor have experienced improved social skills and heightened self-esteem. Future plans include searching for new workplaces that welcome more students with special needs.I Can Work ProgramNext Step AUBIn continuation of its support of Next Step AUB, OpenMinds provided smart classroom equipment to the program, including an interactive panel and tablets for all the students. Next Step AUB is a higher career education program for young adults who have intellectual disabilities such as Down Syndrome.Next Step AUB students - Smart Classroom