Dubai Autism Center Participates in the UAE delegation to Libya
To enhance the cooperation between the two countries in the field of Autism
The United Arab Emirates delegation to Libya - headed by Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs - included representatives from various sectors: Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture, Education, Social Affairs and Humanitarian sectors in the country. Dubai Autism Center took part with 3 delegates Mr. Mohammad Al Emadi - Director General and Board Member, Dr. Mohammad Fteiha Speech-Communication Unit Head and Government Relations Officer and Hayula Mourad Business Support & Communication Unit Head.
Her Excellency Dr. Mabruka Al-Shreef Libya's Minister of Social Affairs chaired the round table discussions that concentrated on future cooperation between Libya and the UAE.
During the meeting Mr. Emadi thanked the Libyan interim government for their trust in the capabilities and expertise of the Social Institutions of the UAE and in particular the Autism Center. He also pointed that the objective from the visit is to highlight the services provided to individuals with Autism and share means of supporting the Libyan centers based on scientific strategies, policies and findings as well as providing appropriate training on assessment and diagnosis, early intervention educational programs for those involved in this sector. He also brought to the forefront the importance of setting up training programs for families and caregivers as well as raising public awareness and how the center could assist in building such programs and in organizing conferences/workshops. In addition Mr. Al Emadi stressed the importance of field visits to enrich the staff in terms of practical training, and pointed that the center was able to establish itself as leading autism center in the region in spite the fact that the center has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
A side meeting was held with Mrs. Fawzia Siyala, Deputy Minister of Social Affairs and the specialised team for disabilities from the Ministry in Libya. The center shared their experience, highlighted its services and programs as well as its achievements during the past 10 years. At the end of the meeting Mr Al Emadi invited the Libian delegation for disabilities to visit the center to experience and witness the services provided and discuss future cooperation between the center and the Libiyan Autism centers.
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. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the DAC is focused on providing various services for children with Autism and their families. The Centre also works toward facilitating a better community understanding of autism, including early diagnosis and treatment methodology.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological developmental disorder. ASD usually affects the personís verbal and social communication skills. The incidence of Autism is increasing world wide with a 400% rise in the diagnosis of Autism in the last decade. One out of every 91 children is affected by ASD.