It’s no secret that many parents break their backs working so every year they can  afford putting their children into private or international education systems. These alternatives, however, are still severely lacking and very few have accessible programs for children with special needs.

Putting a special needs or differently abled child into a normal school and expecting him/her to cope with it is not fair. Many parents don’t want to recognize their child may have a mental or learning disability due to the social stigma surrounding it, but also because there is a lack of resources if they do admit to the problem or have their child diagnosed. They are faced with the dilemma of “Now what?” when it comes to finding a decent education for a challenged learner. But, ignoring issues can very well cause more damage than good in helping a disabled child progress. School, especially for the developmentally disabled, is not just about pushing them grade after grade until they get some kind of degree, but needs to be about correctly nurturing them and their abilities.

Below is a list of schools and centers that offer services especially tailored for children with special needs, ranging from severe ADHD to Cerebral Palsy. Some are complete academic systems while others provide different services, including training and sessions for both children and parents.

Special Education for Advancement (SEA)
Located on the Cairo-Alex Desert Road, SEA offers an inclusive educational environment for children with special needs and/or disabilities. They aim at providing these children with the opportunity to develop their skills, learn, and graduate to get a job afterwards. SEA’s team is made up of teachers, psychologists and other trained professionals. They are also located quite close to Dar El Mona Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Resort, allowing them to better handle children’s physical disabilities. For more information, visit their website, email them at [email protected], or call them at 01200385410.

The Right to Live Association (RTLA) for Intellectually Disabled
RTLA offers intellectually disabled children and teens services that make them better able to deal with life and become more confident. It also teaches them how to become independent and how to take care of themselves. Among the other services provided are speech therapy, physiotherapy, parent training and guidance as well as counseling and therapy for the children and their parents and families. RTLA is located in Sheraton Heliopolis. They can be reached at their website, on the phone at +20222661271/+20123989312 or at email at [email protected].

Dream Ideal Education School
Dream Ideal Education School creates a complete school environment for children with special needs, including Egyptian, Canadian and British educational programs, games and activities and an emphasis on the development of personal and life skills. Located in in Dream Land, 6th of October, the school is both a day and boarding school. To contact them, visit their Facebook pagewebsite, at [email protected] or on +201280111961, +201113200406 or +201097971134.

Bluebells International School
With a slogan that “No child should be left behind”, BIS provides an American schooling system for children with special needs, offering them a safe learning environment, therapy and care. Among the disabilities that BIS caters to are severe learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Hearing and Visual impairments, Cerebral Palsy and other head injuries and physical disabilities. BIS also offers a residential program that allows for extended stays. For more about their services, programs and applications, visit their website, email them at [email protected], or call at 01000761049/01000761084.

Learning Resource Center
In operation for 10 years, LRC offers diagnostic services and consultations to children with learning disabilities, developmental disorders and/or behavior problems. The center’s services includes different assessments and specialized therapy sessions. Assessments include academic, cognitive, autism, speech and language and sensory-motor assessments, among others. LRC is located in New Maadi. They can be reached on their website, Facebook, at [email protected], or at +202 2516 3965/ +202 2516 3967/+201222332809.

Continental School of Cairo (CSC)
Located in El Obour City, Continental School of Cairo first opened its doors for special education in 1994. Since then, it has been working to offer a safe and caring environment for special needs children, fulfill their potential in all areas and help them become independent members of the community. The school follows the British National Curriculum and helps children with mild to moderate learning difficulties, mild to moderate autism, dyslexia, hearing and/or speech deficiency, slow learners and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Other learning difficulties are also welcome to apply and will be assessed before entry. For more information, call them at +202 4483 9020, +2012 1100 100(2-9), email at [email protected], or visit their website.

Misr Language Schools (MLS) 

Located on EL Fayoum Desert Road,  The Department of Special & Inclusive Education in Misr Language School provides services to students with special educational needs, in the American Devision, since the 2004. They have a firm belief that “Inclusive Education is about embracing all, making commitment to do whatever it takes to provide each student in the community an inalienable right to belong, not to be excluded.” The school has 30 Resource Room teachers that work in Elementary, Middle, and High School stages and 3 Resource Rooms to accommodate the needs of students.  For more information, call them at +202 3376306, email them at [email protected], or visit their website.