Founded in 2004, Senses Residential and Day Care for Special Needs (Senses) is a non-profit organization based in Dubai, UAE and the first residential care facility in the Middle East, dedicated to improving the quality of life of people of determination.
The centre provides 24-hour care for children with unique needs that require special therapies, offering them rehabilitative and educational programmes, as well as a nurturing environment where they can develop new skills and improve their abilities. Through specialized programmes that combine speech and music therapy, art, life skills, sports, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, sensory and sensory integration therapy, children from the age of two to nineteen with mild to severe physical disabilities, autism and Down syndrome can receive the highest level of efficient and quality care they need in a safe surrounding. These therapies and professional programmes provide the children with the development and skills they need, resulting in them obtaining jobs and a social life.
In 2010, with the generous support from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the purpose-built daycare center and residential care facility was donated to the organization. Currently, 102 children with various special needs are enrolled at Senses from which 76 children are accommodated in the residential care facility. As the awareness of this incredible centre grows, so increases the number of children and, in turn, the costs incurred to run the organization. In order to continue with this amazing support, staff training, and utilities, the centre is always delighted to welcome volunteers, and sponsorship has also become an amazing element that the centre now relies on; the public are able to sponsor either a child or a member of staff to assist with the expenses. The centre is dependent on support of all kinds including personal, financial, goods and services to continue this assistance. This centre continues to make a huge difference to the children that require this unique care, and also to the families that are eternally grateful for the incredible assistance that Senses provides.