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NYU- AD and The Autism Support Network hosted an Autism Education Conference during April.

It was a wonderful event that brought together Parents, Professionals and Volunteers for a day of lectures and workshops. The amazing Linda Bailey helped us out during our volunteer training session. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the day and all the volunteers who gave us their time in order to learn more about working with children with autism.Learn more
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Two Abu Dhabi mothers have taken extra-curricular activities for autistic children into their own hands

Two mums have launched a new after school club for autistic children.One in 50 children in the UAE are autistic, and diagnoses are on the rise. While the developmental disability affects children differently, many struggle to interact. Khawla Barley’s seven-year-old son, Abdulla, was diagnosed aged two. She says, “Abdulla’s doing well academically in a mainstream school. But socially he has challenges, as he finds it difficult relating to other kids. I can’t just drop him off at an after school activity – he needs special attention.“There is a huge gap in the extra-curricular activity market for autistic kids. The UAE sometimes has one-off events for kids with special needs, but nothing long-term.”Learn more
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Autism Smiles, aims to help children with special needs express themselves through comedy.

They say that laughter is the best remedy and the Dubai-based comedy pioneer Dubomedy has been dishing up a healthy dose of it to the city for more than five years. Founded by Mina Liccione and Ali Al Sayed, its comedy workshops, stand-up performances and improvisation sketches have tickled the city’s funny bones. In 2009 Dubomedy launched the Clowns Who Care volunteer initiative to spread the laughter to children and adults with special needs, charity organisations and hospitals. Dubomedy is now working on a new initiative, Autism Smiles, a free youth comedy club for autistic children. We spoke to Dubomedy co-founder Mina Liccione about how the project seeks to help.Learn more

“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.”

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“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” Learn more
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GOALS UAE enjoy a great football session with coach Tommy. Balancing balls together is not as easy as it looks!

If your intrested in joining us, then give us a ring or email and come enjoy the fun.

"The coaches are patient, kind, and simply fabulous! Individuals with Autism are often disregarded, but what GoalsUAE has done, and is doing, is bringing awareness to the UAE. It is giving these amazing kids an opportunity to shine. I am proud to say I am a GoalsUAE volunteer!!"


Meet Kate Masoian

Hello! My name is Kate Masoian. I am from Boston, Massachusetts, working in Abu Dhabi for The New England Center for Children. I have been working here in Abu Dhabi since August 2013. I began my teaching career back in 2010 at The New England Center. I am currently in my final semester of the Simmons Graduate Program for Severe Special Education.

I am also perusing a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of South Florida. In my spare time I love to travel, read a good book, and do anything outdoors on a nice day! I love adventure and experiencing new things. I am constantly thinking of the future and what else I can accomplish. I believe there is always more to learn and I am reassured of that every day at work. My students teach me more than I could ever read from a text book and for that I am so grateful. I hope that I teach them just as much as they teach me! Learn more

A Football Social Story

Watch the latest football social story and join in the fun. The Goals UAE football program is possible because of our partnership with ProActive Soccer School. Coaches Seth and Tommy took time recently to receive training on including children with autism into sports programs. Their dedication to our kids is greatly appreciated!
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Walk aims to raise funds and awareness of autism

FUJAIRAH // More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the “A Walk for a Walk” event next month to raise awareness of the seventh annual autism walk later this year.Held each April in Dubai, the Emirates Walk for Autism first took place in 2009 after an initiative by Dr Nahida Nasseri and the Emirates Red Crescent to help in funding research and to educate the public about the condition.The Fujairah event will be on February 20 at the Corniche.“Autism puts immense financial and emotional strain on affected families,” said Dr Nasseri. “We hope that every little bit we do helps the families to become more aware of autism and to learn ways to cope through assistance provided by specialist schools and medical professionals.Learn more
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After-school program helps raise autism awareness in UAE

Abu Dhabi, UAE - An after-school football program geared towards integrating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and raising awareness regarding the disorder in the community has recently been developed.

Goals UAE was founded by Khawla Barley, the parent of a child with autism who noticed that there was a lack of adequate social programs and extracurricular available for children on the spectrum to participate in. Barley felt that unlike in the United States where there are a large number of organized activities provided for children with special needs, youngsters with autism in the UAE often did not have the opportunity to make social connections.Learn more