Dubai Culture receives Autism Friendly Certificates

In line with the initiative “My Community… a City for Everyone” initiative aimed at making Dubai a friendly city for people of determination, the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has received Autism Friendly Certificates (AFC) in the category of cultural facilities, which were awarded to Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Etihad Museum and Al Shindagha Museum.

The accreditation certificates were presented at the Dubai Autism Centre headquarters during an official visit by a delegation from Dubai Culture, led by the Authority’s Director General Hala Badri and in the presence of Muna Faisal Algurg, Director General of Culture and Heritage Sector at Dubai Culture; Mansour Lutah, Director General of Operational Support Sector at Dubai Culture; Abdullah Alfalasi, Director of Etihad Museum; and Adel Omar, Senior Director of Special Projects and Media at Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children.

Established by decree from the Ruler of Dubai in 2001, the Dubai Autism Centre aims to provide specialised care for children with autism and support for their families and carers. Under Decree No. 26 of 2021, the Dubai Autism Centre aims to contribute to making the Emirate of Dubai the world’s leading centre for the provision of approved special education programmes and specialized rehabilitation services for people diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. The centre’s financial resources consist of grants, donations and any charitable donations for the welfare of the centre.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins in early childhood and continues throughout a person’s life. ASD can cause significant social, communication and behavioural problems. According to recent studies, one in 44 children has ASD.

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