New Dubai Autism Centre

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By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

THE new building for the Dubai Autism Centre (DAC), which commands a full capacity of 204 students, is ready and shifting to it is due in January (because there is some paperwork to be addressed). This was stated by Sara Baker, DAC Autism Programme Head DAC in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today.
She said that even though the new building in Al Garhoud was completed and they had announced they would start the new academic year in the new premises, last-minute paperwork delayed the process.
“We are ready to carry out our operation in the new premises from January and the parents have been informed. It will take two to three years to fill the facility to full capacity,” she said.
She also mentioned that the delay did not stop or slow down their services towards the autistic children, considering that the centre admitted 16 new students, resulting in an increase of the total number of students at DAC to 54.
Currently the DAC provides a wide range of services, including training, to 54 students from different nationalities. Many classrooms have four students with two special education teachers, whereas some have six students with three teachers. So far the centre has around 200 students on its waiting list.
“The delay of three months to move into the new premises gives us additional time to further enhance training and experience of our teachers. Our staff are productively availing of this period,” she added.
Baker mentioned that realising the full capacity of the new building will be achieved gradually. “Presently the centre is depending on donations as the expenditure of the current building for a month is around Dhs500,000 and it is difficult to keep the centre functional without outside support. Besides the financial challenges, the other major problem we are going to face is the recruitment of special needs teaching staff. This is extremely…
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on October 8, 2016.

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