Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, yesterday evening received an award for humanitarian service from the Riyadh-based Disabled Children Association (DCA). Two other prizes were awarded: one to Dr Jamal Al-Khateeb of the University of Jordan for his scientific research in the field of special education, and the other to Dr. Franklin H. Silverman, Professor of Speech Pathology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, for his scientific research on rehabilitation of handicapped children. Each award consists of a certificate and a cash prize of SR 100,000 (U.S. $ 26,667).
Chairman of DCA's Board of Directors Prince Sultan Ibn Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz, speaking on the occasion, highlighted the significant role being played by Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz in his support of the organization, which has enabled it to perform its humanitarian mission in a satisfactory manner.
Prince Sultan observed that the man who actually deserved to be honored in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is its founder, King Abdul Aziz. The Kingdom, he said, was founded on Islam, the religion of love and brotherhood, adding that King Abdul Aziz and his sons have worked tirelessly in the service of not only of Saudi Arabia but other Arab and Muslim countries.
Dr. Al-Khateeb expressed pleasure at receiving the award, and praised the great attention being given by Saudi officials to scientific research in all spheres. Professor Silverman observed that his first contact with the Arab world was in 1992 when he received an invitation to participate in a research conference organized by the DCA in Riyadh. He went on to say that his contacts with the DCA led him to participate in a program in the Gaza Strip to train young Palestinian men and women to be speech pathologists, audiologists and teachers of the deaf, adding: "I also quickly accepted an invitation to present a one-week workshop on communication for speechless children here in Riyadh last year. I very much hope that I will continue having opportunities to be helpful to handicapped children in the Arab world."