Kuwaiti elected pres­i­dent of World Autism Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

World Autism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WAO)’s gen­eral assem­bly has elected Head of the Kuwait Cen­ter for Autism (KCA) Dr Samira Al-Saad as a new pres­i­dent to lead the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion cham­pi­oning world ef­forts to care for peo­ple with autism. “I feel very proud and hon­ored by this elec­tion,” Saad, also founder of the KCA and the Gulf Autism Union, said yes­ter­day.

She pointed out that she has won the top post with a ma­jor­ity of votes de­spite fierce com­pe­ti­tion with sev­eral other can­di­dates. “This comes, firstly, in recog­ni­tion of Kuwait’s re­lent­less ef­forts in serv­ing such a dear seg­ment of the so­ci­ety,” she said.

Saad pointed out that she will start her term fol­low­ing the WAO congress in the US city of Houston in 2018. She noted that Kuwait has an im­pres­sively suc­cess story in deal­ing with peo­ple with autism and their fam­i­lies.

The Kuwait Cen­ter for Autism (KCA), the pi­o­neer Cen­ter for Autism es­tab­lished in 1994 in the Mid­dle East re­gion has now be­come the study model to all other autism in­sti­tu­tions in the re­gion with its state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy and up-to-date de­vel­op­ments in its Ed­u­ca­tional and Train­ing Sys­tem.

The World Autism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WAO) is a vol­un­tary, chiefly but not ex­clu­sively, par­ent-based body that was founded in 1988 with its pri­mary fo­cus be­ing to pro­mote among all peo­ple and na­tions, the high­est pos­si­ble qual­ity of life for peo­ple with an Autism Spec­trum Con­di­tion and their fam­i­lies.

Ev­ery four years, the WAO hosts a large in­ter­na­tional congress in a re­gion where there is a low avail­abil­ity of re­sources and whose neigh­bor­ing re­gions are also in need of the estab­lish­ment of ser­vices and sup­port.

In Novem­ber 2018, the WAO will host their 5th In­ter­na­tional Congress in Houston, Texas, with sup­port from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Autism, and in part­ner­ship with Nuevo Leon Par­ent Or­ga­ni­za­tion from Mex­ico. — KUNA

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