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Family members and support staff at Al Majal Leisure Center for Disabled Children said that the book was a joint effort that helped unleash the authors' creativity, fostered self-confidence and taught the value of teamwork.An author of several children's books past, Chartouni created the project and edited the contributions.Al Majal Leisure Center for Disabled Children, part of the Beirut Association for Social Development, is a nonprofit organization that helps people with mental and physical disabilities, including those with Down syndrome and autism.Involvement in Al Majal activities, such as the creation of this newly released book, help brighten attendees' world and give an outlet for creative expression.Yara previously attended a specialized school and joined Al Majal for summer activities, only to tell her family that she wanted to attend for the entire year.Getting involved in Al Majal's bakery and participating in the book project have helped Yara, now 23, meet a diverse set of new friends and productively direct her talents.
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