The Dubai Autism Center provided a number of educational and advisory services to 962 male and female students in the current academic year, distributed among 111 male and female students who joined the school system, 52 joined the hours system, 390 benefited from counseling sessions, 345 benefited from free counseling sessions, and 64 children benefited from evaluation sessions mass.
A report issued, the day before yesterday, by the center on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its establishment, stated that its services fall under three main service axes, which are “assessment” through consultative sessions, diagnosis and comprehensive assessment, and “intervention” that depends on the hourly system, and “intervention” that relies on the hourly system. “Qualification” which is the system of the academic year.
Law No. 2 of 2014, approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was issued regarding the protection of the rights of people of determination in the Emirate of Dubai, so that the provisions of this law became a tangible reality, positively affecting the preservation of The rights of people of determination, including their right to education in its various stages.
This came out of the great interest that the UAE attaches to people of determination, and the keenness of the government of the Emirate of Dubai to guarantee the rights that people of determination should enjoy with members of society, taking care of their affairs and providing advanced modern services to these groups of society.
Since 2001, and pursuant to Decree No. (21) of 2001, the Dubai Autism Center was established to be the most distinguished step to guarantee the rights of children with autism to rehabilitation and education, within integrated educational and rehabilitative treatment curricula commensurate with their individual abilities, and in a manner that qualifies them to integrate into society, work and production.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Dubai Autism Center, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Autism Center, Hisham Abdullah Al Qassim, said: “During the past two decades, the center has been able to achieve leadership and excellence in the field of autism, and its achievements would not have been possible without the support and care of our leadership. We extend our deepest thanks Gratitude and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The efforts of government and private institutions and owners of white hands who contributed to supporting the center’s march during the past 20 years.”
The Director General of the Center, Mohammed Al-Emadi, said: “It started in 2001 as a consulting office that provides advisory services to parents and spreads community awareness about autism. In January 2003, due to the urgent need to provide rehabilitation programs for children with autism, their families and their caregivers, the center moved from a consulting office that provides advisory and awareness services, to become a rehabilitation center for people with autism with a capacity not exceeding 16 children, where the center worked at that time to provide its services For children with autism aged between 4 and 18 years, and with the increase in cases registered in the assessment and diagnosis program, and the high demand for rehabilitation services, a new center was moved with a capacity of not more than 54 children, where it provides them with educational and rehabilitation services in accordance with international standards, from Where the structure and applications that have been proven to be successful.
He added: “Due to the high number of cases registered in the waiting lists, a new headquarters was built for the Dubai Autism Center, which was the result of uniting the efforts of the community during the donation campaigns, where His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was the first The donors provided an amount of 100 million dirhams, including the value of the land and the cost of the foundations.
Al Emadi explained that the center was opened in 2017, with an area of 91,000 square feet, and a building area of 270,000 square feet, in the Al Garhoud area. To suit their needs, it contains 34 classrooms, 22 clinics for motor therapy, 18 clinics for speech and language therapy, three specialized rooms for sensory therapy, and a number of laboratories, laboratories, facilities and medical clinics, all of which were designed according to the latest specialized international standards.
He revealed that the high rate of turnout for the center’s services during the new academic year reached 80% compared to previous years at this time of the year, attributing this to the high level of awareness of the importance of subjecting children suspected of having autism to accurate diagnosis, as well as to individual treatment plans. Whether they have been diagnosed with autism, a type of developmental delay, or have been diagnosed with learning difficulties. Al-Emadi stated that the Dubai Autism Center is currently witnessing a remarkable turnout for its specialized services, and its pace has increased, revealing that the average number of counseling sessions reached 50 sessions per month, while it did not exceed 10 sessions per month in the past, according to customer records, which necessitated the extension of working hours. At the center clinic until five in the evening.
• 80% increase in the turnout rate for the center’s services during the new academic year compared to previous years.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Dubai Autism Center, the Director General of the Center, Mohammed Al Emadi, praised the role of institutions and individuals who contributed to the construction of the center and provided all aspects of support for the success of its journey in community service.