Autism Awareness Fun Day 2018

What's Happening at CDC

Al Jazeera report on autism features our Founder, Hasna, and her son. Researchers at the Qatar Biomedical Research Institute are testing a device that diagnoses autism in infants as young as six months old by tracking their eye movement. Qatar remains on the forefront of early detection research. 

Upcoming events: 

Wed. April 4, HBKU Workshop on Supporting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder using Technology-Based Interventions  2018”

Dr. Adrienne Robek presenting: “Digital PECS: An Effective Communication Tool for ASD”

Lecture Hall B (LAS-LH-B017) of LAS Building. QF

April 23-25, GREAT Conference 2018 by MADA

Dr. Adrienne Robek presenting "Daily Living with ASD: A functional Approach" 

Date and Time:  Tuesday 24th of April, 2018 8:30-9:20 AM      

Kamila Janik, presenting "Planning for Success: Inclusive Education and Autism" 

Date and Time:  Wednesday 25th of April, 2018 8:30-9:20 AM     

Sat. April 14, 2-5pm, Fun Day for Autism Awareness by CDC

Sat. April 21, 10am-3pm, Renad Academy Autism Awareness Event at Al Shaqab, Qatar Foundation 

Sat. April 28, 9-12pm, Positive Behavior Management Workshop


Research Study: CDC is honored to collaborate with Dr. Ghizlane Bendriss and her team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar on a project examining the relationship between the gut and the brain.  Adults or children suffering from one of the following: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, that are willing to participate in this research can do so with minimum time and discomfort.  Click Here for details on participating in this study. 

The panel of presenters from "The Gut, The Brain" presentation at Weill-Cornell Medicine, Qatar organized by Dr. Ghizlane. Our Clinical Program Lead, Kamila Janik, had a very informative presentation on the clinical perspective on feeding.

World Autism Day

On the 2nd of April, in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day which coincides with International Children’s Book Day, we had a surprise visit from our friends at Qatar Children’s Museum.  Our QCM friends came to conduct a read-aloud session, a book making activity and a number of other fun and interactive things that we did with our kids in EI during our Afternoon Circle time. The kids went home giddy and excited with their handmade book and a copy of  “What’s in the Sand?” as a memento. 

QMA Team Training

We hosted Qatar Museum Authority Learning and Outreach team members to observe and participate during a multi-modal teaching session incorporating music, movement and art! This exemplifies our commitment to inclusion and training for professionals to learn best practices from our qualified staff. Increasing community engagement and integration is always a goal at CDC.

Accessibility in Qatar

Continuing to promote awareness about accessibility, Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, partnered with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to deliver Accessibility Awareness and Auditor Training to the SC’s Accessibility Forum members on Oct. 15, 2017 including our Marketing & Outreach Manager.

Sensory Garden by Turner and Townsend

Turner and Townsend, an international professional services company from the UK, helped us build a Sensory Garden as part of their community outreach! Sensory gardens provide a fantastic opportunity for children to experience nature first-hand. We are extremely grateful to the volunteers for their time and donation in helping us to assemble various beds, where we hope to grow flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. 

Highlights from Autism Awareness Month - April 2017

Dr. Carbone visits CDC

On Feb. 26th, 2017 Dr. Vincent Carbone spent the morning visiting Child Development Center. He spoke extensively to the staff and explored the program and therapy plans in detail. 

3rd Annual Autism Outreach and Training Symposium

160 attendees, 7 local presenters, and Dr. Carbone! Our 3rd Annual Autism Outreach and Training Symposium was a resounding success!


Thank you to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for their sponsorship; as well as our partner organizations: Clyde and Co., Standards for Translation, and Sensory Souk

Media Coverage of the Symposium:

Qatar Tribune 

Peninsula Qatar

Gulf Times


Arabic coverage

In the news

Congratulations to our friend, supporter, and keynote speaker for our first conference: Dr. Stephen Shore on his appointment as a Board Member of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Click here for the full article.