IBBY-Yamada 2020: Lebanon

IBBY Lebanon: Reading promotion for children with special needs

During story reading time or library reading time, children with special needs are often excluded, with the argument that ‘these’ children do not enjoy the story, they disturb other children or cannot concentrate. Teachers and often parents underestimate the importance of books and stories in the lives of children with special needs, and consequently lack the techniques to successfully present the books. A series of workshops were planned to: educate teachers and parents as to the importance of stories for children with special needs; teach the skills of reading books to these children; and, to encourage the teachers and parents to advocate for the right of every child to read. The workshops were transferred to a series of five online conferences that attracted over 950 participants.