Welcome to Child Development Center!
If you are visiting this website we may share a common interest, personal experience, or the same cause: helping children with special needs in Qatar reach their full potential through quality services and support in a comprehensive and compassionate manner.
This project came to life in 2013 thanks to friends and colleagues who shared the same vision and contributed to making our center a reality. Together, we celebrate daily achievements and fulfilled hope as we witness our children making progress before our eyes. In the two years Child Development Center has been open:
My son, Faisal, was three-years old when I first noticed his differences and ultimately learned of his Autism Spectrum Disorder after diagnosis. It took time to accept my new reality and realize that different did not mean worse. Faisal has made huge strides in his development, and now at eight-years-old, joined an inclusive school with additional support. His growth inspires me to work tirelessly for children to have access to the best quality therapy.
It is exciting that in the past two years we have seen an increase in media coverage about children with special needs. In Qatar, World Autism Awareness day is celebrated by many organizations and the community support has been astounding. There are now more than four annual conferences in Doha held that address inclusion, special needs, and education. The formation of the National Autism Working Group under the Mental Health Strategy of the Supreme Health Council of Qatar, where most parties have come together in developing a roadmap to optimal ASD management and services in Qatar is a major accomplishment and indication of the urgent need for action.
However, there remains work to be done. Data proves that early diagnosis, intervention and remediation through intensive therapy give children the best possibility to ultimately lead meaningful lives.
You may be surprised to see how far they can go, how much they can learn and who they can be one day. Our dream is to see an inclusive education system and an inclusive society.
Hasna has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland. She has thirteen years experience in finance and public relations in Doha. Hasna is an entrepreneur and activist for children with special needs in Qatar and she is the proud mother of a child on the autism spectrum.