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Under the high patronage of the President of the Lebanese Republic, His Excellency General Michel Aoun, represented by the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade, and His Excellency Mansour Bteish, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) held its annual Founders’ Day with the theme of Holistic Presidency initiative: Inclusion.

This Founder’s Day was particularly special as Father Pierre Najem announced NDU’s partnership with SKILD as a solid step towards inclusion at the university level. He also highlighted the SKILD-led Learning Accommodations Office (LAO) serving as an integral part of the Student Affairs Office (SAO) to assist undergraduate students with special educational needs.

SKILD will also collaborate with NDU to train faculty and staff members in best practices to support students with special needs and offer them quality service. This initiative will take place thanks to coordination between the different NDU departments – Academic Affairs Office; Council of Deans; SAO; Human Resources; Communication; Marketing; and Information Technology.

In addition, SKILD will collaborate with NDU to offer specialized courses for educators and community members, who need to update their competencies and skills and learn more about special education. This partnership will also offer a special diploma to assist individuals with cognitive challenges, who could not obtain the high school diploma (baccalaureate). The specialized courses will enable them to learn life and social skills, such as defending their rights, using public transportation, managing their money, dealing with banks, and other things.

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