In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Child Development Center  sponsored its first Autism Awareness Essay Contest in April 2016. This contest was held to raise awareness about autism and children with special needs. All students  can benefit from inclusion through providing awareness as well as opportunities for meaningful friendships; which are ingredients for higher acceptance of individual differences and a positive and tolerant school environment. 


The Autism Awareness Essay Contest is an opportunity to introduce autism to students who have limited or no experience with a peer with autism before.  Students were assigned a reading based on their age, wrote a reflection, and submitted it to us. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and shortlisted students will receive a gift certificate. 


Shortlist of Winning Essays:

Primary (ages 6-8) : "A Friend Like Simon" by Kate Gaynor

  • Gabby C., age 9, Doha College
  • Zaynah J., age 8, Doha College
  • Faris S., age 8, Doha College
  • Karli K., age 8, ACS Doha International School
  • Daisy C., age 8, Doha College - West Bay

Congratulations to all of the students that participated! 

Over 60 essays were received and reviewed by our judges:

Panel of Judges:

Katie Philcox, Lead ABA Therapist

Jennelle Olalo, Early Curriculum Specialist

Akansha Trigunayat, Director of Operations

Dr. Clayton Keller, Program Director of Special Education, Qatar University

Essay contest participants from ACS Doha International School with Ms. Velasco.

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