Autistic children will be issued special ID cards

ABU DHABI — Special needs children suffering from autism will soon have hassle-free and easy access in various institutions and facilities including hospitals and airports following the introduction of a new identity card for them.

By Nada S. Mussallam

Published: Wed 15 Jun 2005, 11:10 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:59 PM

The card, to be issued to both national and expat autistic children, will be the first of its kind in the GCC region, and will be valid in all the countries of the region, giving them access to free services.

The Abu Dhabi Centre for Autism announced the launch of the card at a function in the capital yesterday, under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education. The card would enable autistic children and their families to avail special free of charge parking space in the country’s international airports. Besides, special counters will be set up at the airports to facilitate smooth processing of travel papers and spare them the hassle of queues. Children with the card will have priority, after elderly people and pregnant women, in having free access to club cars at airports.

A special hall has been set up at the Abu Dhabi International Airport to provide free of charge travel services for autistic children who have the ID card and their families.

The card can be obtained from the Abu Dhabi Centre for Autism, which is the authorised body to issue the card. A medical report, passport copy, a personal photo, address (residence and mobile number) and the guardian’s signature, are needed for the card.

The ID cards are also available at eight centres for rehabilitation of people with special needs in the country, including Al Noor Centre, Future Centre, Al Khaleej Centre, Al Najah Centre (Al Ain), Dubai Centre for Autism, Dubai Centre for People with Special Needs, Sharjah Centre for Autism and the Specialised Centre for People with Special Needs.

Different organisations including Abu Dhabi Educational Zone, UAE Red Crescent Authority, Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation and Adnoc Distribution, are sponsoring the initiative.

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