The Source of our concern for special needs people is to give each individual in our society the attention and care they deserve
Several years ago, a father was struggling to find an answer to his son’s unexplained difficulties.
It eventually came during a family trip to a shopping mall in Singapore where a stand was set up as part of an awareness campaign. This became his introduction to Autism.
Back in Dubai, he searched for professional help for children diagnosed with Autism, and found none.
So he began his campaign to put this right, dedicating his skills and spare time to meeting with government officials and lobbying for the Autism cause. His efforts were finally rewarded in 2001 by a decree to open a specialized Autism center, the Dubai Autism Center.
The personal experience as a parent had motivated him to work tirelessly, and overcome endless obstacles, to learn more about Autism and use it to help other families in the same situation.
It’s with this same spirit of determination and compassion that he and all the center’s staff and board members continue to work, providing the best possible services to children diagnosed with Autism in the UAE.
To successfully include children with autism into our community through holistic approaches to their education and therapeutic interventions; together with our focused efforts to create social awareness about autism.
A center of excellence having highly trained professionals to provide evidence-based and accredited programs to support individuals with autism and their families, and to be an internationally recognized autism-consultancy center for the region.
Dubai Autism Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization founded by a decree issued by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2001. Initially, the center operated as a resource/counseling center with 3 members of staff and in January 2003 was launched as an intervention center.
In 2017, The DAC opened its new building on an area of 91.000 square meters with a capacity of around 238 children. The new center has been designed based on the latest international standards to provide a special educational environment for children with autism.