SENSES Center – Iftar and Party!

Ramadan Fun
By Mina Liccione

On Wednesday, June 29 we headed back to one of our favorite places in Dubai, SENSES Center for children with special needs.

This time around I wanted to do something a bit different. Rather than having our group perform for the kids, I decided to lead a circus arts workshop so that the kids could try new skills and in turn perform for each other.

I ended the workshop with a special sensory arts therapy session that incorporated a gentle underwater theme. The series of exercises induced laughter, wonderment and sensory exploration.

A special thanks to Els Huybrechts and her group for organizing the crafts and iftar that followed. It was a wonderful event and everyone left happier then when they arrived. Mashallah!

To get more involved with SENSES,  there is a new group “We Care for SENSES” that can always use a hand! Here’s their PAGE.senses eid Photos by Els and Karen


Annual Community Party & Performance

Another year, another excuse to party!

On Saturday April 18 at Time Grand Plaza Hotel, we had the pleasure of hosting our 2nd Annual Clowns Who Care Xtravaganza Party and performance celebrating the wonderful special needs community. Children of all ages, and their families, from around the U.A.E. attended. It was nice for them to be able to come together from different areas and schools to a beautiful venue to have fun, dance, take part in activities, each a delicious lunch and be entertained for the afternoon.

Many thanks to all the volunteers, performers and artists, activity leaders, Time Hotels, Barakat – Fresh & Easy, Action Care and everyone who helped bring more joy to the community!

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For more photos click HERE

Autism Smiles UAE

We were very excited to launch Autism Smiles UAE last month! It’s a comedy club for youth on the spectrum though it is open to children with other special needs. Students learned an array of circus skills, musical comedy, joke telling, physical comedy routines, laughter yoga, magic and more.

The program is completely free and lead by Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed along with assistant teachers and volunteers to ensure personal attention for each student. The 5 week workshop ended with a fun graduation ceremony and a relaxed “informance” where the students got to show off some of their new skills for their families.

If you’d like to sign your son/daughter up for the next round beginning Mid-May please email us at If you have a talent you’d like to share with these wonderful kids, do let us know and we’d be happy to have you as a guest artist.

Special thanks to Ali, Gabi, Abel, Ayesha, Uditi and guest artists Rachel, Preba, Cari for volunteering your time, energy and passion. The kids really loved it!!

Huge thanks to Barakat – Fresh and Easy for their endless support. They have sponsored fresh fruit juices and salads for every event we’ve organized for over two years now. We adore you!

Here are a few wonderful memories….

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