The symposium in Doha brought together a consortium of internationally recognised experts in the fields of autism and related disorders. Over 200 delegates from 60 different nationalities attended the event, representing leading international schools, nurseries and clinicians. It also provided an opportunity for important dialogue to identify the local needs of autistic children and their families.
A range of speakers, led by keynote Dr Fouad Al Shaban, senior scientist at Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, discussed salient trends and challenges facing professional institutions and parents.
Essa Saud Al Kawari, CSR programmes spokesperson and QInvest head of government and community relations and administration affairs, said: “QInvest is very proud to have partnered with CDC. It is making great strides in assisting children and their families access quality medical and support services in Qatar.
He added: “Over the last year, CDC has successfully helped more than 200 children with special needs, whilst also increasing the private sector’s involvement in this area.”
CDC founder and CEO Hasna Nada said: “Cooperation with leading institutions, like QInvest, is an effective means of raising awareness of autism; whilst also demonstrating how the private sector can work alongside its local community. The symposium also presented an excellent opportunity for members of the business, local, medical and special needs communities to come together and share learnings and responsibilities.”