Saudi autism center aims to raise awareness

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Ahmed Alkholifey, Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)
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Eng. Ahmed Al Rajhi, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ministry (MHRSD)
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Updated 08 November 2020

Saudi autism center aims to raise awareness

  • Established by the collective social responsibility efforts of MHRSD, SAMA and the support of Saudi banks, the center offers treatment sessions and programs, awareness and training lectures to help families and beneficiaries across Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: A new center dedicated to helping the Saudi special needs community wants to raise awareness about the importance of inclusivity on a community level through their services.

The Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) is set to serve individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provide them with the tools they need to integrate into society and coordinate with their families to help achieve this through various services and programs.

ACE officially opened its doors on Sunday after completing its pilot phase, which began in January this year. With the support of Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister of human resources and social development (MHRSD), and Ahmed Alkholifey, governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the center aims to be a leading independent legal entity in the field at the regional level.

Established by the collective social responsibility efforts of MHRSD, SAMA and the support of Saudi banks, the center offers treatment sessions and programs, awareness and training lectures to help families and beneficiaries across the Kingdom.

The center was able to operate virtually during the pandemic, offering more than 800 treatment sessions remotely within the program “I train my child” — as well as dedicating more than 72 hours of awareness lectures and training sessions provided to more than 2,300 people in the Kingdom.

ACE also participated in a global study with more than 60 participants from 30 countries around the world related to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with special needs and their families.

To ensure its success in providing services by qualified experts, the center is keen to activate research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by holding scientific sessions on the future of evidence-based therapeutic interventions for people with ASD, with Saudi and international experts.

 


Thunderstorm alerts issued across Saudi Arabia

Updated 29 November 2020

Thunderstorm alerts issued across Saudi Arabia

  • Some areas should expect heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s civil defense has issued weather warnings on Sunday to various areas in the Kingdom from Monday until Thursday.

It warned of continued thunderstorms in Riyadh, Makkah, Al-Baha, Asir, Jazan, Qassim, the Eastern Province, Hail and the Northern Borders Province.

The authority said some areas should expect heavy rain that may lead to torrential flows.

Madinah and Jawf regions can expect moderate rains and brisk winds.

The General Directorate of Civil Defense based its warnings on data provided by the Kingdom's General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.

The civil defense called on everyone to be aware of the potential dangers of these environmental conditions, to avoid areas where torrents gather and to listen out for the civil defense's announcements.