What's Happening at CDC

Diagnostics Training: Our Clinical Program Lead, Kamila Janik, BCBA, attended a training hosted by QBRI encompassing the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R). Click here to read the Qatar Tribune article.  CDC will soon offer the ADOS-2 and ADI-R as a diagnostic assessment!


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.

In The News: 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. 

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.

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.