Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Tuesday received the board of directors of the Emirates Autism Society (EAS), led by Khowla Salem Al Sa’adi.
Shaikh Mohammad welcomed the delegation, and praised the social role played by EAS in providing care for autistic patients and support for their families. He also praised the society’s efforts in strengthening the knowledge of parents of autistic children, and raising public awareness on the best methods for interacting with this segment.
Shaikh Mohammad stressed the UAE’s keenness to provide care for special needs segments, which stems from the nation’s belief that all members of society need to receive the proper care that they deserve so that they can make positive and effective contributions to the UAE’s development.
Shaikh Mohammad emphasised the importance of harnessing efforts on a governmental, household and social level to support and provide care for this segment that is very dear to our hearts, and eliminate all difficulties that they might face. He said this will make it easy for this segment to discover their own talent, and will boost the level of services and programmes rendered by relevant bodies and institutions.
The delegation explained to Shaikh Mohammad the nature of their work, and their role in confronting autism disorders, treating affected patients and helping them integrate positively into society.
The EAS offers a number of seminars, sessions and activities that help raise awareness among the public. It also interacts with relevant specialised bodies in the UAE to acquire more privileges in the field of education, culture and work for autistic patients. The society also organises activities that help serve its objectives. It also helps students and researchers who are conducting studies and research focusing on autism.