Treatment for autism in the region has progressed, but lack of awareness and support services remains a challenge.
The hallmarks of autism are an impaired ability to communicate and socialise, and a narrow range of repetitive behaviours and activities.
The Shafallah Center, opened in 1999, has graduated a number of students who now work in banks, post offices and telecom companies, as well as operating a kiosk in Doha’s Villagio Mall. “We try to teach the child to be adaptable to any environment, and many of them enter the workforce,” Itani said. “Our goal is for students to graduate from the centre and become happy members of society.”
The WHO said the global median rate of autism prevalence has been estimated at 62 per 10,000, although some studies have placed it substantially higher. And for the Middle East, it may be an even bigger concern.
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