Autism Trust Foundation to support UAE centres

(Staff Report)
Filed on June 2, 2011

DUBAI The globally established Autism Trust Foundation aims to support the autism centres in the UAE to improve the facilities for people with the life-long incurable developmental disability.

An estimated 40 million people suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It affects one in 150 children globally, an increase from one in 10,000 about 20 years ago.

A major aim of the foundation is to ensure that autism centres here have advanced facilities and expansion programmes. Members of the board of directors from the UAE are all Emirati nationals with experience in handling humanitarian and charitable projects.

“What sets us apart from other organisations is our priority for facilitating funds to autism centres for making them sustainable in the long run. We are going to take up unique initiatives that are going to help autism centres in the UAE and other parts of the world in a phased manner,” said Ali Albwardy, chairman of the Autism Trust Foundation Board of Director. The organisation plans to run local help groups across the UAE to provide the much-needed opportunity to family members of autistic children to meet at regular intervals to discuss the treatment regimes and get expert advice and support.

Shaikha Al Mutawa, Deputy CEO of the Autism Trust Foundation, stressed the importance of changing perceptions about autism “through campaigns, facilitating financial support through funds generation programmes and support services”. Another aim of it is to provide technologically advanced equipment to suffered people.—

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