March 29, 2014

Doris Duan-Young from Facebook
Doris Duan-Young from Facebook

Dubai – The Doris Duan-Young Autism Centre is to open next week and will provide early intervention, speech and behavioural therapy, and vocational training for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

The centre has cost more than US$1 million (Dh3.67m) to set up and will be able to treat up to 100 adults and children.

The centre will focus upon helping adults on the autistic spectrum, Doris Duan-Young, founder and president of the centre said that there is little assistance given at present for adults.

Staff at the centre hope to close that gap.

Ms Duan-Young said.

“There is not an adult centre like this of its kind that we have seen that takes adults aged 16 and up,”

The centre will officially open on April 2 in Dubai Healthcare City. The centre is equipped with play and sensory rooms and a quiet room.

There will also be adult-specific rooms including a media room and areas for job training and teaching life skills.

The centre will be the only one that Ms Duan-Young has set up outside the Unites States and she told The National there was already a waiting list.

“I don’t think there is anything like this here,” she said. “We studied every centre when we were last here. We have not found one that is able to do what we are able to do for the community.”

Ms Duan-Young set up her company in 1999 and has helped more than 25,000 families coping with autism.

“Our goal is to go touch more than 100 countries over the next 10 years because autism is really on the rise,”

The original article by Jennifer Bell in The National can be found here


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