On this occasion, Mohammad Al Emadi, Director General and Board Member of the Dubai Autism Center, said, “We have always called for the establishment of centers for individuals who are 18 and above. This initiative and the new center will be an extension of Dubai Autism Center’s efforts to promote specialized programs for this sector.”
Al Emadi also added that the absence of vocational training and rehabilitation programs for this group would complicate the problems and affect the individuals themselves, their families as well as having a negative impact on the society. Providing specialized services for young adults will help them integrate into the society and provide them with equal opportunities to be productive members.
Dubai Autism Center throughout its 10 years history has been one of few centers in the region to provide early assessment and diagnosis services as well as specialized rehabilitation programs to individuals from an early age till 18 years.
These programs include one to one speech, occupational, art, behavioral and movement therapy as well as sports and computer training and group sessions by highly qualified and experienced cadre.
The center works in association with other internationally renowned centers to make sure that its services are in par with recent global developments.
The Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) is a non-profit organization providing information, support, advice and training to professionals and parents of children with Autism. Founded in November 2001 with the issuance of a decree from H.H, the center is now in its 11th year of operation.
Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) is a development disorder characterized by impairment in social skills, communication, creative play and restricted repetitive behaviors. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder since it manifests itself differently in each individual; with a constellation of symptoms spreading over a spectrum of abilities and disabilities. The spectrum includes very high functioning individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome to very low functioning individuals.
The growing incidence of Autism amongst children, now stands at 1 in 88 children and has become a global health crisis. It is the most prevalent development disorder at present. Autism is more common than Down’s syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis and Cerebral Palsy.
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