of the Community Development Authority in Dubai (CDA), recently welcomed a delegation
from Scott Autism Centre at Florida Institute of Technology, USA and discussed areas of
cooperation, partnership and exchange of experience in the field of disability and autism.
Dr. Bushra Al Mulla, Director of DECDC and her team of specialists received the delegation
and briefed them on the services provided by the Centre to children with disabilities and their
families. The delegation also heard about the Centre’s role in enhancing community awareness
on children with disability and ways to integrate them into the society.
During the week-long visit the US delegation learned about the state-of-the-art equipment,
facilities and advanced technologies available at DECDC in addition to global best practice
adopted at the Centre and its future plans. Both parties also discussed possible exchange of
knowledge and experience in many fields relevant to autism and disability.
The Scott Autism Centre has extensive facilities and a distinguished track record in the
treatment of children with disability, autism and in early intervention techniques. The delegation
was impressed with the services available in DECDC, particularly in the field of early
intervention and rehabilitation and said they would be happy to visit Dubai again and help in
developing and elevating the existing services at DECDC.
"We welcome our partners from Scott Autism Centre, which is a world-leading centre of its
kind, and look forward to working with them sharing knowledge and best practices in providing
support for children with disability," said Dr. Bushra.
The Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC) is a unique early intervention
programme, to provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive, family-focused, community-based,
trans-disciplinary services to children (from birth to six years) with disability or are at risk for
developmental delays and their families. DECDC was established after a long and extensive
benchmarking exercise in disability training, including review and research of best practices in
early intervention across the world.