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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Fouad Alshaban, MD,MSc,PhD
Qatar Biomedical Research Institute
Tel: +974 4495 6160