Information from the Ministry of Community Development about the current situation in the centers for providing services to people of determination of the autism category revealed that there is no service to detect abuse to them, in all centers spread across the country, in addition to the fact that eight services are available in a limited way at the level of autism treatment centers in Country.
The Ministry refuted the treatment and rehabilitative services provided to the autism category, within the data contained in the “National Policy for People with Autism Disorder”, which “Emirates Today” viewed an electronic copy of, where the Ministry classified these services by determining the size of their availability in the centers spread across the country.
Detecting abuse is one of the means of protecting children, families and people of determination. Last June, the Ministry of Community Development announced the preparation and development of a framework to unify the mechanisms for reporting abuse as soon as possible and in an accessible manner, according to an electronic system that facilitates customers access to the protection service, in preparation To launch the pilot phase of the system at the end of this year.
The Ministry announced the axes and objectives of the “National Policy for People with Autism” following its adoption last April, to form an integrated system of unified procedures and standards to provide easier services for people with autism and their parents, in addition to qualifying and raising the efficiency of specialized cadres working in specialized centers and raising the level of environmental quality. It aims to enhance community awareness of autism spectrum disorder, facilitate the integration of people with autism into public and private education, and ensure their participation in various fields.
The information issued in the “National Policy for People with Autism Disorder” document identified eight services that are limitedly available at the level of autism treatment centers in the country, including an integrated multidisciplinary assessment of cases (which is the assessment conducted by an interdisciplinary team on autism), health services, and inclusion in nurseries. Inclusion in higher education, inclusion in vocational education, professional orientation tests, in addition to parental training and community awareness.
As for the fully available services, they were limited to the services of self-support groups, at a time when information revealed a partial availability of early detection services for autism in early childhood, early intervention service, integration into school education, the availability of assistive technologies, as well as vocational rehabilitation programs and services Supported employment as well as work environment inspection service, in addition to self-advocacy services.
It is noteworthy that the results of a recent poll conducted by «Emirates Today» revealed the support of 70% of the respondents to the fact that it is not possible to choose a well-known center based on a classification and evaluation issued by the competent authorities.
“Emirates Today” conducted the survey on its digital platforms, following complaints from families and parents about the difficulties they face in choosing an appropriate rehabilitation center to treat their children of determination, who wondered in their complaints about the reason for the lack of classification and evaluation of the level of these centers in terms of the quality of their services, likewise. Classification approved in institutions, centers and educational.
Last April, the Ministry of Community Development announced 14 initiatives included in the policy within the framework of 5 axes related to diagnosis, health care, human resources, educational integration, awareness and community empowerment. The initiatives include the Diagnostic Manual of Autism, the National Development Survey Program, the opening of early intervention centers at the level of the Emirates, the development of healthy quality of life standards for people with autism, and the development of specialized programs in the field of autism that include specialized professional diplomas and the training program for teachers. The initiatives also included the autism awareness electronic platform, the family empowerment program, the inclusive education policy, the inclusive transition guide, the creation of a supporting teacher job in public education, the provision of support services for students with autism through partnerships, the vocational rehabilitation program for people with autism, the sports and cultural integration program, and the program for sports and cultural integration. Job Empowerment.