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In 1999, Carmen Chahine Debbane, who has had personal experience with learning difficulties founded the Lebanese Center for Special Education (CLES) with the purpose of assisting children who suffer from Dys-learning difficulties, who are often not diagnosed and not given the right treatment, resulting in suffering for these children and their families. CLES designated Oct. 10 as Specific Learning Disabilities Day, or 10.10 .DYS. At the time that CLES was founded, very few people in Lebanon knew about specific learning disabilities and were unaware of the diagnosis and treatment methods for them.The accomplishments of CLES span many different levels:contribution to Official ExamsBased on the education minister's decision No. 1080/M/2016 dated Dec. 14, 2016, a collaboration mechanism was put in place between the ministry education and CLES, whereby CLES provided free diagnosis to students taking their Brevet exams who suffer from learning disabilities, in order to discern whether special measures or procedures need to be taken for the student in this official exam.CLES has organized an educational meeting on Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Education Ministry's 12th floor.
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