Tuesday, May 10, 2011

DECDC receives delegation from Scott Autism Centre in the US

Dubai, 7 May, 2011: Dubai Early Childhood Development Centre (DECDC), a key initiative

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.


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