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Mother’s Day

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21st March 2012

Dubai Autism Center celebrated Mother’s Day at Jabel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. A cheerful ambiance with everyone wearing red; all students, staff, parents and supporters enjoyed every performance of the day. The event started with a melodious song for the Mothers and paraded into a heart shape; then guests and members of the jury were invited to visit the various stands set by each class, buzzing here and there guests were enthusiastically exploring the displays. Under the vocational scheme “kids Can accessories” it was awesome to discover the wonderful skills and products of the student which ranged from a mother’s saloon, restaurant, art gallery to a coffee shop. Hello Kitty mascot cheered the kids who were overjoyed with the performance. Gifts, flowers and food were distributed and finally the winner for the best stand and the essay writing competition was announced. Everybody went back home with hands full of goodies.

It would be impossible to organize this successful event without our sponsors. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to our special sponsors for their significant support: Jabel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Damas Jewellery, Mansoor, Ajmal Group, Al Abbas Group, Virgin Megastore, Center Point-Landmark group, Forever 21, Revlon, Jerdens/Koa, Worrod-IntraFlora, Europcar, Canon ME, Drawing by Me and Fruit and Passion.

DAC wish all of you Happy Mothers Day!

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Visit of ARC-FZC

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March 1, 2012

Mr. Anas Al Badri, General Manager accompanied by Ms. Rose Cecillano, Business Development Manager from ARC-FZC visited the center on Thursday March 1, 2012 and handed gifts to everyone.





















US Navy Visit

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23rd February 2012

Twenty Sailors and Marines from the US Navy visited the center on 23rd February 2012 and spent a morning at the center. Some accompanied the students to the local supermarket as part of the student's activities for that day. A brief presentation about Autism and the center was given prior to their time in the classrooms to prepare them for their encounter with the students. This is what some sailors and marines said about their visit. Read More...





Staff Club Feb 2012

9th February 2012

The staff club has raised the level of it’s activities during February …How? Well this month the staff have been busy with sports/health related activities such as resuming the morning exercise class, how to donate blood and the 'stay healthy program' of best gainer and looser in weight. Yes, believe it or not we have some team members who really should put some weight on and yes some that really DO need to loose it!! No names mentioned, but they know who they are!

There are also a couple of competitions going on this month. First did you know, DAC staff come from 16 different countries around the world? To ensure we are knowledgeable about the culture of our colleagues the cultural sub committee has been hard at work presenting this month, ways in which we can learn about the Indian culture! This included learning and using common greetings and phrases and we have dotted 'spies' around the center, staff members heard using these phases the most will be declared the winner! Staff members were asked to research the magnificent Taj Mahal, one of the 'Seven wonders of the world' and whoever writes an interesting fact or anecdote about the Taj Mahal will also be a winner. Wanna-be chef's have the opportunity to try the tasty Indian recipes that have been posted on the board. All these activities are keeping the staff busy, busy, busy.

As always staff savored the taste of the birthday cake which this month was cut by 5 members of staff. A sad farewell was announced to 2 truly dedicated and valued members of staff Hala Hasouneh and Agnes (Annie) Aubert who are leaving us for pastures new.

A warm welcome was given to newcomer Mohammad Kelany who has quickly fit into the DAC family.

Watch this space for what's happening in March – it's gonna be good.

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Autism Trust Fun Day

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4th February 2012

The weather couldn’t have been better, the venue was perfect and the event itself …GREAT. The set up was ready for a fun filled day with bouncy castles, giant inflatable slides and 6 zones of games for all to enjoy.

The Autism Trust Foundation 1st Annual fun day event aimed at bringing together families affected by Autism to enjoy a day out and share their concerns and views.

 

The children and adults were kept happy and entertained by drummers and stilt walkers from the Dubai Shopping Festival, an orchestra dressed as ostriches, together with face and henna painting.

A panel of experts from the Autism Trust Foundation and various centers were keen to hear the views of parents, their concerns and discuss the needs and gaps in services which they would like to address in the future.

DAC staff took active role in making the event a success as they came well prepared having organized fun games for the family to enjoy. They had their part of fun in face painted, dancing and playing with the students encouraging them to take part and complete the tasks

The Autism Trust made sure that everyone one had a memorable day and said they would organize bigger and better events in the future.

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Ajmal- Children Fun Day

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28th January, 2012

The Friends of Dubai Autism Center held a Children’s Fair to benefit the Center.

Children streamed in with their parents from 3pm onwards eager to play the different games set up and manned by young volunteers. They rushed to collect as many points as they could to pick from an array of amazing toys on offer at the Redemption Counter. Other activities included face painting and all the children were free to express their creativity at the Art stall.

They also indulged themselves in ice cream, the variety of food and drinks donated by local companies in support of this event . Finally, they left with many gifts and a big smile on their faces. All in all, it was a truly fantastic day for all.



Autism Trust Fun Day

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4th February 2012

The weather couldn’t have been better, the venue was perfect and the event itself …GREAT. The set up was ready for a fun filled day with bouncy castles, giant inflatable slides and 6 zones of games for all to enjoy.

The Autism Trust Foundation 1st Annual fun day event aimed at bringing together families affected by Autism to enjoy a day out and share their concerns and views.

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The children and adults were kept happy and entertained by drummers and stilt walkers from the Dubai Shopping Festival, an orchestra dressed as ostriches, together with face and henna painting.

A panel of experts from the Autism Trust Foundation and various centers were keen to hear the views of parents, their concerns and discuss the needs and gaps in services which they would like to address in the future.

DAC staff took active role in making the event a success as they came well prepared having organized fun games for the family to enjoy. They had their part of fun in face painted, dancing and playing with the students encouraging them to take part and complete the tasks

The Autism Trust made sure that everyone one had a memorable day and said they would organize bigger and better events in the future.




Build A Bear

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1-2 Feb 2012
For days some of the students were talking about the Build-A-Bear event…what is it? ...sounds interesting but Build-A-Bear? How do you Build-A-Bear? Well KPMG made these questions easy to answer. The students from DAC were taken to the workshop at Festival City and the fun began.

DAC students were paired with volunteers from KPMG (under the supervision of DAC staff) who took them around the workshop. Each student picked a bear and began to give it life in the form of stuffing it and even giving it a heartbeat. They got to dress the bear from a variety of outfits and name their special little friend. Once all the students had their best friend in their arms another surprise was in store. Out came Bearemy a giant furry, friendly bear ready to give and receive all the hugs possible.

newsThe initiative by KPMG was an apt choice for the students who love having a cuddle especially with their new made best friend. To ensure that all students take part and enjoy the experience the event was spread over 2 days. Remarkable KPMG staff demonstrated understanding and care with all the students during the 2 day event.

Thank you to the amazing team at KPMG a brilliant job!!


Delivering Quality Customer Service Training

Mrs Karyn Williams Sykes, Director of Professional Training and Development from The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management spent her valuable time in preparing a custom made training program for key members of the Dubai Autism Center on 'Delivering Quality Customer Service'. The training took place over four afternoons from 22nd to 25th January at the Dubai Autism Center.

Participants actively engaged in the training program and absorbed important aspects of the training from day 1. Understanding and put into practice what they had learnt was evident when since the beginning of the training when all the participants have been coming into work daily with a positive attitude saying a loud and cheerful 'GOOD MORNING' to all their colleagues. Aspects of a positive attitude and good customer or guest services were discussed. Making work a positive experience, being committed and 'present' when dealing with everyone we encounter during our working day and outside work was a key lesson taught.

We would like to extend our gratitude to The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and to Al Rawabi for sponsoring us with the refreshments during the training.

Special Thanks to Mrs. Karyn Williams Sykes for her time and effort in creating this engaging, essential and useful training.

Visit of the CEO of World Security

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Sunday 22nd January
The center had the pleasure of hosting members from World Security - Dubai. During the visit a presentation on Autism and the Dubai Autism Center was followed by a tour to the classrooms. To conclude Mr. Mahmood Mohd Amin, Chief Executive Officer, Group & World Security handed over a check as a contribution to the Center

EMD Sports Services & DAC

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Monday 16th January 2012 saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between EMD Sports Services and Dubai Autism Center.
Present during the signing were:
Mr. Mohammad Al Emadi - Director General and Board Member - Dubai Autism Center, Dr. Hassan Dawood - Deputy CEO – Al Sayegh Media and Eisa Al-Dah “Arabian Warrior”, only professional boxer representing the UAE.
The long awaited International Boxing Tournament is coming to Dubai, join in the action, see some outstanding boxing and don't miss a move!!
When: 2nd February 2012
Where: Aviation Club - Dubai
Time: 7:30pm – 12:30am
All proceeds from the event to go to the Dubai Autism Center

The 40th National Day Celebrations

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This year was the biggest yet as the lead up to the 40th National Day Celebrations was evident in Dubai as everyone decorated their homes, buildings and cars in the four colors of the UAE flag. At the center it was no different, the students and staff started preparing for the special celebrations and decorated the center in the 4 colors. On 30th November DAC students, staff and volunteers dressed up in UAE costumes or colors.
Celebrations started with singing the National Anthem, followed by a parade to the banging of a drum and forming of a huge human 40 in the car park. The celebrations continued with the students participating in games and cnewslasses competed to make posters representing the 40th Anniversary of the UAE union. The 3 judges had a hard time choosing the winners as all the classes tried to outdo each other with the most original and best entry. Parents were invited to join in the activities, and they too competed in providing ample of traditional tasty food for all to share.
As expected the spirit of the day was one of pride, happiness, joy and honor for all who live in this amazing country.


 

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