“Social Development” launches campaign with initiatives to promote autism gender mainstreaming

The Department of Community Development, in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month (April 2022), has launched a campaign to support people with autism with the aim of educating the community about these types of people under the slogan “A inclusive and quality education for all”. , Spread the culture of inclusive education, and promote, support and rehabilitate the autistic section. This is a set of quality initiatives that enhance the Ministry’s vision of achieving better inclusive education, based on the “National Policy for People with Autism”. , and as part of the quality efforts of families and parents, or the various autism and community centers.

The ‘National Autism Policy’, approved by Cabinet in April last year, with a ‘United for Autism’ vision creates an integrated set of procedures and standards to deliver more accessible services. For people with autism and their parents.

Nasser Ismail, the ministry’s assistant secretary for social affairs, said the ministry had recorded 4,561 autism cases statewide, with 885 females and 3,676 males accounting for more than 80 percent of the total autism segment. The total number of autistic citizens reached 2004 cases at the Emirates level, and 44% of the total, indicating that there are 72 centers specializing in the education and rehabilitation of autistic people at the state level. With approximately 1667 male and female students enrolled in the Autism category, they are offered a variety of rehabilitation, educational and therapeutic services as the ministry is interested in licensing centers for special resolution students in the country. These centers provide special education and supportive care services, as well as some professional rehabilitation and early intervention services.

For his part, Wafa Hamad bin Suleiman, director of the Department of Care and Rehabilitation for Strong People, this month revealed the ministry’s intention to issue an autism guideline that explains all the facts and practices for various groups involved. In addition to organizing a Ramadan forum this month to support people with autism and their parents, the ministry, through its website, launched a 55-story “Autism Site”. Social histories published in recent years cover a wide variety of social situations in which autistic people may face, providing them with the most important situations in which they need preparation, training and mastery according to the response to parental requests. Social stories that develop the ability of people with autism to cope with their environment. The electronic site for autism also aims to provide information for parents, experts and people interested in the most important topics and people with autism.

Statewide 4561 cases and 80% of the total number of autistic men.

72 centers for 1,667 students specializing in the education and rehabilitation of people with autism.

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Joel C. Hicks