Sanad Village, the region’s largest rehabilitation centre for people of determination, and the Emirates Autism Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Faris Saeed, Chairman of Sanad Village, and Majid Sultan Al Muhairi, Chairman of Emirates Autism Society, signed the agreement. The two entities will develop and implement training programmes for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and engage community members through educational initiatives and awareness drives.
The overall aim is to support a holistic, comprehensive, and integrated approach that includes helping families, caregivers, and wider society to understand autism and other related disorders.
Faris Saeed said,
"We are pleased to join hands with the Emirates Autism Society and strongly believe that these kinds of partnerships that engage both public and private sectors play a critical role in the exchange of knowledge and experience. They, ultimately, further the common goal of creating truly inclusive communities where people of determination and their families are engaged and empowered."
Majid Al Muhairi said,
"Whether, from the government or private sectors, partnerships with like-minded people will ensure more safe spaces and comprehensive programmes tailored to meet the needs of people with autism and their families. We need more such efforts, especially in spreading awareness. The field of awareness and counselling is very important to integrate autistic children into the larger community and offer a comprehensive support system to their parents."
Sanad Village is the largest centre in the region dedicated to treating autism and helping children with autism and their families to integrate into society and transition towards independence. The holistic, comprehensive and integrated approach towards those affected by ASD employed at the centre provides viable pathways into society for individuals and a support system that focuses on the entire family.
The Emirates Autism Society (EAS) is an official non-profit association of public interest disclosed by the Ministry of Community Development under the Ministerial Decree No. (225) for 2012. Its primary objective is to support people with autism and their families.
The organisation also works with government and private agencies involved in autism treatment and rehabilitation, hosting events and workshops to raise awareness and educate families of individuals with autism, ensuring the most effective ways to deal with these individuals and maximise their potential.
News Source: Emirates News Agency