Dubai: Dubai Autism Center (DAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Office of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic to support and enhance cooperation to serve individuals with autism, their families and their caregivers in the areas of advisory and professional training services.

This came during a visit of the First Lady of the Dominican Republic, Cándida Montilla de Medina, made to the Dubai Autism Center, where she was received by Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General and board member of the Center, accompanied with a number of management and technical staff members.

The MoU states that the Dubai Autism Center will offer advice on the design and implementation of assessment programs provided at the three Centers for Comprehensive Care for Disability (CAID) in Dominican Republic.

The Office of the First Lady will identify the priorities and unmet needs of this community thorough the country, with a comprehensive approach that will take into account the infrastructure, capacity and experience for services and research of the spectrum.

The agreement proposes the execution of a training program for CAID professionals from Santo Domingo Oeste, Santiago and San Juan de la Maguana, on new methodologies for the care of children with autism, based on the findings of the Dubai Autism Center’s research, and the results of its implementation.

Likewise, it includes trainings to the parents in techniques that will help them to improve the handling of their children with this condition. It will also guide the CAIDs in the development of research and in the creation of community support networks to promote awareness of inclusion.

Montilla de Medina witnessed the work of the Dubai Autism Center during the visit. She toured its facilities and met with the staff in the various departments. She expressed her admiration for the level of services offered.

She stressed her keenness to co-ordinate with the Dubai Autism Center and participate in the training and professional development programs provided by the Center in the fields of special education, speech therapy, occupational therapy, as well as diagnosis and assessment.

Al Emadi warmly welcomed the First Lady of the Dominican Republic and showed his keenness for activating joint actions in the development of the autism informational networks.

“We believe that DAC should have further improvement of general strategies and create permanent communication channels regionally and internationally to share expertise on the services and programs provided to children with autism,” said Al Emadi.

At the end of the visit, The First Lady of the Dominican Republic received a special edition of the book “Autism Encyclopedia” issued by the Dubai Autism Center.

The Dubai Autism Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization founded by Decree No (21) of Ruler of Dubai in 2001 with the aim of providing services and programs for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.

The DAC professionals possess qualifications in areas like psychology, education, speech pathology and occupational therapy.

In addition to that, the Center focuses its efforts in spreading awareness on Autism, working towards facilitating a better understanding of autism in the UAE community.

It is worth mentioning, the visit that the first lady made to the center was part of the work agenda she’s carrying out in the framework of the celebration of the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019.

Montilla de Medina was invited as a guest of honor by Timothy Shriver Kennedy, president of the Special Olympics organization, and the organizing committee of the current world games, in recognition of her commitment to the rights of people with disabilities, in compliance with inclusion policies of the government of President Danilo Medina.

During the visit the first lady was accompanied by Martha Rodríguez and ambassador Miguel Reyes, chief of staff and adviser of International Affairs of the Office of the First Lady, respectively.

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© Press Release 2019

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