Kuwaiti elected president of World Autism Organization
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