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Children with Special Needs Enjoy a Day of Fun and Games at South Zone Civic Center

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Children with Special Needs Enjoy a Day of Fun and Games at South Zone Civic Center

Children with special needs enjoy fun activities thanks to local initiative

A stream of boys and girls paraded on Saturday afternoon through the second floor of the South Zone Civic Center with smiles from ear to ear. It was no wonder, since two hours full of fun and games awaited them that they do not always have the opportunity to enjoy. The event was organized by the Association of Dependency and Rare Diseases.

For years, the association had been paying for activities for children with special needs, but now, the Department of Seniors, Family and Social Services has committed to providing support one Saturday a month. This initiative aims to ensure the “right to leisure” for children with rare diseases and other dependencies.

The evening kicked off with a traditional parachute game, where children in wheelchairs were also given the opportunity to participate. One such participant was Unai, a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, who was supported by his sister Leire throughout the activities.

Parents of children with special needs also had the chance to connect and share their experiences. Cristina Quintana, a mother of a child with cerebral palsy, expressed her gratitude for the support and understanding within the community.

The association highlighted the importance of play for children with disabilities, as it helps with psychomotor skills and independence. Despite the challenges they face, children with rare diseases deserve the opportunity to have fun and enjoy their childhood.

The next session is scheduled for the beginning of April, with hopes of increasing the frequency of these events in the future. The Association commended the Department for their support and emphasized the importance of providing regular opportunities for children with special needs to engage in leisure activities.

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