Al Emadi explained that the DAC management has taken the initiative to introduce new procedures to facilitate access to these services. The initiative considered three key factors: first, financial challenges, helping to reduce service costs, second, processing time, accelerating the pace of the service process, and third, technology platforms , adopting smart digital applications and programs that help deliver more accurate and efficient services through flexible and comprehensive procedures.
Regarding financial challenges, Al Emadi explained that the initiative of the previous center in April 2021 was to provide free consultation services to children suspected of having autism. This was a significant turning point that has gone a long way in encouraging many parents to make the decision for early detection and intervention. The number of free sessions held through December 2021 exceeded 363 sessions.
“As a result, Dubai Autism Center has come to adopt a new strategy to reduce clinical service fees based on the number of hours required, starting from 5% and up to 15% for those whose conditions require 4 hours or more of individual sessions in Applied Behavior (ABA), Speech Therapy as well as Occupational Therapy,” Al Emadi said.
“More additional discounts have been approved for siblings (10%), referrals (5%) and another discount for Esaad cardholders (20%), which apply to all clinical services provided in the middle,” he added.
Regarding the processing time factor, Al Emadi confirmed that the pace of the reservation process and the publication of the evaluation reports is in record time, while respecting the latest standards applied globally for detect symptoms of autism and provide both comprehensive assessment and early intervention, noting that the number of clinical service hours has been increased to 320 hours per month.
Al Emadi also said that the center’s clinical services team now includes 40 RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians), in addition to a number of psychologists, BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts and BCaBA therapists).
Al-Emadi clarified that delivering comprehensive diagnostic assessment reports for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Dubai Autism Center only takes five working days, which is a record time compared to other centers globally. .
Regarding the technological factor, Al Emadi said that a number of smart digital platforms and programs have been adopted, including the smart application “Ynmo”, which aims to improve the quality of services provided to children with autism and follow the development of their skills. In addition to this, Al Emadi mentioned Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to manage and automate many tasks, office procedures and services and integrate them into a database to provide more accurate and efficient services in the framework of flexible and comprehensive procedures.
Dubai Autism Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. The Center aims to provide specialist services to care for children with autism and provide support to their families and carers in accordance with Executive Order No. 26 of 2021 published by Ruler of Dubai. DAC services include educational, psychological and rehabilitation programs for children with autism. The financial resources of the center consist of grants, donations and all charitable endowments for the welfare of the center.
In 2017, Dubai Autism Center moved to its new headquarters located on an area of 90,000 square feet, covering a total built-up area of 166,000 square feet in Al Garhoud, increasing its capacity from 54 children to 180 children who are received in fully equipped facilities to meet their needs. It contains 34 classrooms, 22 motor skills clinics, 18 speech therapy clinics, 3 specialist sensory therapy rooms and a number of laboratories, facilities and medical clinics, all designed to the latest specialist international standards, offering a appropriate educational environment. for autistic children.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins in early childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. ASDs can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral problems. According to recent studies, one in 54 children has ASD.
About Dubai Autism Centre:
The Dubai Autism Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and specialist services to children with autism and their families. Founded in November 2001 with the issuance of an Executive Order from the Ruler of Dubai, DAC maintains international standards, providing intervention programs through a holistic approach for children with autism. The Center also provides information, support, advice and training to professionals and parents of children with autism who work to facilitate a better understanding of autism in the UAE community.
Through the provision of specialist services, outreach programs and awareness promotion, DAC is able to focus its attention and efforts on a clear vision – to be a center of excellence for those we serve.
The Center focuses its efforts on providing various educational and therapeutic services to its students; where each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) forming the basis of the required intervention. The assessments of special educators and therapists in collaboration with parents are regularly reviewed and adjusted to meet the needs of each student.
DAC provides assessment and diagnostic services as well as counseling services to as many families as possible, offering advice on relevant programs and intervention programs needed to ensure their child achieves the best possible outcome. It also focuses its efforts on autism awareness, involving various sectors of the community in the cause of autism.
Professional training at DAC covers various topics and specialties to ensure that professionals in the field are up to date with the latest methods and developments.
DAC supports research and studies that explore facts related to autism in the United Arab Emirates to participate in the development of international autism information networks.
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Youssef Ahmed Al Dhafer
Head of Media and Government Relations
Dubai Autism Center
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