CDC, Sensory Souk and Autism Parents are hosting a guest speaker, Dr. Stephen Shore. Dr. Shore is a University professor and an autism advocate, who was diagnosed with autism himself when he was a child. 


Stephen Mark Shore (born September 27, 1961) is an autistic professor of special education at Adelphi University. He has written the books that include: College for Students with Disabilities, Understanding Autism for Dummies, Ask and Tell, and Beyond the Wall.  Currently, he serves on the board of Autism Speaks, and is one of the first two autistic board members in its history, looking to improve the potential of those on the autism spectrum. He once headed the Asperger's Association of New England and was on the board of the Autism Society of America.  Stephen is also one of the co-founders of the app Learn Autism.


Shore lost language skills before the age of four, then started getting them back at four years old. He has been described as having a special interest in music. He has discussed difficulties with completing assignments presented in formats that he wasn't used to, leading him to drop out of a doctorate in music program. However, he eventually obtained a doctorate in Special Education.


الدكتور ستيفن شور

ستيفن مارك شور (من مواليد 27 سبتمبر 1961) هو أستاذ من ذوي التوحد متخصص في تربية الخاصة بجامعة أديلفي. قام بتأليف الكتب التي تشمل: كلية للطلاب ذوي الإعاقة ، وفهم التوحد للاغبياء ، اسأل وأخبر ، وما وراء الجدار.

يعمل حاليًا في مجلس إدارة Autism Speaks ، وهو أحد أول عضوين في مجلس إدارة التوحد في تاريخه ، ويتطلع إلى تحسين إمكانات ذوي التوحد.

ترأس جمعية أسبرجر في نيو إنجلاند وكان عضوًا في مجلس إدارة جمعية التوحد الأمريكية.

ستيفن هو أيضًا أحد مؤسسي تطبيق Learn Autism.


فقد شور مهاراته اللغوية قبل سن الرابعة ، ثم بدأ في استعادتها في سن الرابعة. وُصِف بأن لديه اهتمامًا خاصًا بالموسيقى. و لكن كانت لديه صعوبات في المهام التنفيدية، مما دفعه إلى ترك شهادة الدكتوراه في برنامج الموسيقى. ومع ذلك ، حصل في النهاية على درجة الدكتوراه في التربية الخاصة


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Our efforts in going beyond the services we provide to our children include our own community initiatives. These are on-going and in the recent months have included:

  • In January 2019, we worked with local community organizers to present at the first SENCO workshop in a series run by Sensory Souk and Community Connect-Doha
  • In November 2018, our Founder moderated a closed session panel discussion on Autism prevalence for WISH (World Innovation Summit for Health)
  • In November 2018 we received Qatar Development Bank's (QDB) top 50 small and mid-sized organizations award. Founder and advocate, Hasna Nada, accepted the SME Excellence 2018 on behalf of CDC.
  • In February 2018, we began the collaboration with a research team from Weil-Cornell Medicine-Qatar on the relationship between the gut and the brain.
  • On Nov. 21, 2017 we attended the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy 2nd annual Accessibility Forum. 
  • On Nov. 15, 2017 we attended the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and served as a focus group for the report on Autism.  
  • On Oct. 16, 2017 we attended the Accessibility Auditor training hosted by Sasol and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.
  • As of February 2017, we are registered with the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) as a collaborating institution on research studies with QBRI and Qatar University.
  • In Nov. 2016 we participated in Stars of Science - Season 8 as Customer Validation experts. 
  • On Nov. 22, 2016 we attended the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Accessibility Forum 
  • On Nov. 28/29 2016 we were a partner organization for the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 
  • Autism Awareness Month Open House
  • Light It Up Blue Participants
  • Professional Development and Training Workshops 
  • Annual Autism Outreach and Training Conference/Symposium
  • Partner with community members for Fun Day/Workshops/etc

WCM-Q Research Project

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

as well as any interested individuals can participate with minimal time and discomfort. 


The study requires a short visit to Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar at any time between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM on any working day.  You will have to answer a short questionnaire and a stool collection kit will be provided to you. You can prepare the sample at your own convenience and privacy back home. Once the sample is ready, you can either bring it back to WCM-Q or schedule a pick up by one of our team members.

For more information, please contact:

Principal Investigator, Dr. Ghizlane Bendriss


Phone: +974 3354-1826

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.

Dr. Carbone visits CDC

SCDL Accessibility Forum

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 Audit Training to the SC’s Accessibility Forum members on Oct. 15, 2017.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy indicated the goal to fully transform Doha into an inclusive city by 2020 and to achieve a fully integrated society through support for people with disabilities and children with special needs. The groundbreaking Accessibility Forum held on November 22, 2016 was a wonderful initiative to bring all the stakeholders together. Aliya Qutub participated as a facilitator with community members to come up with five actionable items for 2017.

WISH Conference

Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) hosted a forum in November 2016 on Autism.  The issued report report provides a comprehensive overview of global trends in ASD, and provides three overarching policy recommendations to improve the support for children with ASD, their families, and their communities. It also highlights the critical need for collaboration between health, education, and social sectors as well as the pressing need for evidence-based therapies. The Chair of this forum, Dr. Kerim Munir; and the Deputy Chair, Dr. Muhammad Waqar Azeem; visited CDC on April 18, 2016 along with co-authors Tara Lavelle and David Helm. We are honored to have contributed to this amazing effort as a partner organization.

Stars of Science (Season 8): Smart Autism Shirt

Algerian inventor and entrepreneur Abderrahim Bourouis won 2nd place on Stars of Science, Season 8, with WonderKit, a "smart" shirt. This low-cost solution aims to detect, monitor and calm children with ASD who suffer from extreme anxiety and panic attacks. ABA Therapist, Celine Chahine worked as an advisor to Abderrahim, and Founder/CEO, Hasna Nada, and Marketing & Outreach Manager, Aliya Qutub were a part of the Customer Validation Group. 

Carter Center Visit

On Dec. 6, 2015 CDC was honored to host visitors from World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser; and the Carter Center. Under the leadership of former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses. It was an honor to share our work with their esteemed team! 

QBRI Research Projects

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) has cutting edge technology that facilitates speedy identification of genetic causes of disease. This research is completely funded by QBRI and free for patients.  



Dr. Al Shaban visited CDC in December of 2015 to share information about his research project which is about the prevalence of autism in Qatar. This groundbreaking study is being conducted at both low-probability (schools) and high-probability (centers/hospitals) setting for all children aged 5-12 in Qatar. After completing a screening questionnaire, a complete diagnostic assessment will be provided for free for any child that shows an indication of autism spectrum disorder. 


Researcher contact:

Fouad Alshaban, MD,MSc,PhD

Senior Scientist

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

Tel: +974  4495 6160



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