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Embracing the Cause

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November 2011

RBS has been supporting the center in various forms. They have really embraced the cause and are applying a holistic approach, from providing funds and materials to being part of the DAC family and getting involved with the students.

The team always excels but they really outdid their own efforts this time by organizing a special trip for all the students of DAC. Staff from RBS emphatic about being interactive with the students and spending time with them, not merely being by-standers, got what they wanted by being paired with students on the trip.

So off the team went, each holding hands with a student, and the wonderful experience began…. A huge bus took them to Mina A’ Salaam where they spent time watching and feeding and touching the turtles ‘real life experience’.

The students learnt about feeding the turtles and watching them up close. The activities continued with uncontrolled playing with cartoon characters and puppets along with a relaxed picnic lunch. It was a dream for the students who had never experienced this before and have talked about their experiences for days to come. The memories of their day certainly won’t fade away quickly as some of the verbal students repeatedly kept saying salahef which means turtles in Arabic for days after.

The day was described as amazing and fantastic. It was a “pleasure” to participate in such a wonderful activity reported the staff!! The gifts presented to each student will definitely keep the memories alive.

It is great to have RBS on our team… You inspire us as we keep learning from you…

DAC Makeover

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On 15th November enthusiastic and willing volunteers from RBS descended upon the center armed to change the face of DAC (literally). As a present for becoming 10 years old, DAC got a new lick of paint and was looking fresh and new.

The day was supposed to be warm and manageable but with the sun shinning and the temperature soaring, it could have been the middle of September not the middle of November!! The weather was not an issue to RBS volunteers who worked like an army of ants on a mission to give DAC a makeover. They rolled up their sleeves and stuck into shifting furniture, laying carpets in the offices and started painting the periphery buildings, all in a days work for them.

RBS did not only offer their time to the center but also donated all the paint and materials to get the task done. After a long day working hard on physically straining activities, the team spirit was very high and their enthusiasm never faltered for a second.

DAC started looking younger as the team from RBS got ready to leave and since then is near to completion with its new look.

A huge Thank You to the whole RBS team for their undivided hard work and support!!! Your presence has given so much positive energy … the scene was that of unity, sincerity and dedication. You have definitely set new standards to team work and division of labor.

A dashing Fashion Show for a good cause.

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Fashion and the latest trends have always and now in the 21st Century more than ever have caused a storm and made those wears twirl with an imperial appearance. In a cosmopolitan country like Dubai, walking with panache, combining trends colors, desi hues, accessories and style is pulsating a remarkable impact. ,

Dubai Autism Centre is proud to be associated with ‘Les Collections Exclusives’ Fashion show, which is a one of a kind events hosted by INDEX textiles 2011 World Trade Centre in Hall 8. Designed for, and featuring the top home textile brands in the industry, ‘Les Collections Exclusives’ will showcase the sponsor’s textiles in a dazzling fashion show.

Working with award winning Emirati designers DAS collection, ‘Les Collections Exclusives’ presents the sponsors brands through a couture collection designed exclusively for this event. Running four times a day at INDEX textiles on the catwalk, this exciting show will dazzle our visitors and show these premium textiles brands in a way the interior design community has never seen before. Pick up a unique piece that won't be seen on anyone else.

A silent auction for this one off couture collection will be held during INDEX textiles in World Trade Centre from 22nd to 25th October from 11ha.m to 7hp.m with all proceeds being donated to Dubai Autism Centre.

Volunteers Orientation Day!

news On a beautiful, bright Saturday in September 2011, a record number of volunteers gave up their valuable weekend to gather at the Dubai Autism Center for the volunteer's orientation sessions. The need for enthusiastic and willing volunteers is evident with the start of the new term as the center booms with the constant engagement of activities, field trips and extra curricular activities. The orientation sessions were organized to provide information about volunteering opportunities and how the many skills and talents of the volunteers can be utilized. A presentation about Autism, DAC and the recent Islamic Affairs requirements for volunteering was followed by a tour around the center (without the buzz of students - they were busy enjoying their weekend!) The volunteers’ enthusiasm was evident from the many questions asked and the ideas shared on how they could support the center. Volunteers were committed and more determined to engage in helping the center despite the new legal requirements.

Going beyond the call of Duty!!!

news The development pool at DUBAL has enthusiastically adopted the Autism cause. Their enthusiasm and dedication was beyond an assignment to a real cause that they wanted to support full heartedly. In spite of the short time and their own busy work schedules they were able to implement many initiatives and develop marketing collateral that was creative and persuasive.
The Mini Souq was bustling with shoppers and the team was engaged in the organization, keeping tap on the sales and of course encouraging shoppers to spend more money. The Gala dinner was an interactive event where everyone played an important role. Members of the team played the perfect hosts keeping everyone busy and entertained whilst all attendees took part in a competition to provide the best slogan for DAC. The slogans entered were so interesting that DAC judges picked more than expected and consequently increased the number of prizes given.
A true family affair that came from the heart straight to hearts of all.

Clean Up Campaign by Dnata Staff

news 17th September 2011:
Saturday morning was very hectic in the vicinity of Dubai Autism Center grounds, with the lavish echoes of Dnata’s staff. More than 30 volunteers were enthusiastically working even though it was very hot!! After a presentation on Autism and Dubai Autism Center, in a friendly and relaxed environment they surely cleaned our stores, balcony and removed messy items from the center. Out of chaos our store became accessible and neat. The clean up campaign has also given the opportunity for networking.
Dubai Autism Center would like to thank the volunteers for their patience and team spirit. We look forward to bountiful collaboration with Dnata in the future.

The Visit of Dnata

news 17th September 2011:
Saturday morning was very hectic in the vicinity of Dubai Autism Center grounds, with the lavish echoes of Dnata’s staff. More than 30 volunteers were enthusiastically working even though it was very hot!! After a presentation on Autism and Dubai Autism Center, in a friendly and relaxed environment they surely cleaned our stores, balcony and removed messy items from the center. Out of chaos our store became accessible and neat. The clean up campaign has also given the opportunity for networking.
Dubai Autism Center would like to thank the volunteers for their patience and team spirit. We look forward to bountiful collaboration with Dnata in the future.







Goodbye

eventGoodbye…Farewell…Ma'a Salamah 5th July 2011
It was the last day of the school year 2010 - 2011 and the students knew it!
The classrooms were full of party spirit as the children celebrated 1 last time being together before the holidays. As usual there was an abundance of food prepared by the parents for all to share. After a year of making friends and spending school days together the year was drawing to an end.
Some of the children knew they would be with new friends next year and as they said goodbye to their classmates there was a sense of happiness and sorrow at the same time.
Parents and staff at the center became emotional as everyone bid their farewells until the new academic year starts in September.
Extra special farewells were said to 3 students and families as these students graduate from DAC and move to ventures new.

Commercial Shoot

June 2011 : Euan, our little star went into action during the filming of the Awareness commercials - ‘Autism is growing’.
It is the first time that DAC has involved children from the center but the outcome was a true reflection of Autism.
Thanks to Euan’s parents especially the mom for their trust and support.

Modesh Show 2011

15th June 2011 : The DEPE visited the center and put a spectacular ‘Modhesh Meet’ show. The children had lots of fun whilst interacting with the various Modhesh characters.

End of Year Show 2011

event Saturday 11th June 2011 : The End of Year show 2011 entitled “Little DAC Super Heroes” was an emotional event filled with laughter, tears of joy and pride as the student's performances were outstanding! The show depicted scenes from different countries of the world from the ME, Africa, Europe, Asia and America.
The show was the culmination of the children’s efforts and reflected the teachers’ and therapist’ commitment and hard work throughout the year.
Well done to all and congratulations to our three graduates.

Parent’s Meeting at Starbucks

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6th June, 2011: Starbucks hosted our last monthly Mothers Meeting for a coffee morning at the friendly-cozy branch in Mercato Mall on Monday 6th June. It is always a special celebration for the mothers to share with other mothers, to listen and support each other.


Philadelphia Private School Handover

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6th June 2011: Philadelphia School visiting the center, interacted with our students and handed over a cheque from their fundraising initiative at school.




Outdoor Activity Grade 11 and Grade 5 - Watch Movie

eventevent May 2011: Our students went to Mercato Mall to watch a 3D Animation Movie, Entitled Animals United . Kids started first to pay money for getting tickets and buyt some snacks. They were so good in communicating and interacting with other people. As the show started, they were so excited wearing the 3D glasses. They spend more than one hour inside the cinema without making any noise or disturbance for the others. It was an unforgettable moment of happiness and pleasure for our children.

Dubal Mini Raffle

April 2011: Dubal one of our strong supporters and advocates of the Autism cause, carried out an awareness and fundraising drive amongst their employees and stakeholders in April of each year. To conclude the activities DAC students picked the winners of their internal Autism Quiz with winners from various departments at Dubal. It was a fun experience for the students and they enjoyed taking turns in picking the winners. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Arab Cultural Day
eventDAC Staff Club organized a new cultural event (The Arab Cultural Day) marked by Arab employees perspective of the Arab culture through a couple of activities.

All Arab staff wore their various traditional dresses introducing the rich heritage of their countries by a cultural exhibition contains traditional stuff such as clothes, perfumes, Arab cuisines, and pictures. Arab folkloric dances, songs and cultural completions made the event enjoyable and informative.

The Cultural Day is an periodic event organized by DAC Staff Club which aims at introducing different cultures that relevant to the staff of Dubai Autism Center. event

Pirates Ahoy!

If you happened to be at Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa on December 17th, 2009 and imagined you saw a whole gang of pirates goofing around, be assured they were real! DAC celebrated the last day of its 1st term with a pirate themed lunch sponsored by Jebel Ali Hotel and Resort.
The day kicked off with a festive spirit and everyone received presents from secret Santa and celebrated December birthdays. Soon after, all DAC staff left for the hotel wearing pirate costumes complete with hats, eye patches, moustaches, boots and ruffled shirts.
The weather was perfect for a day full of exciting games and an outdoor lunch at the beach. The guests were divided into five teams named after famous pirate ships and all received color coded handmade pirate hats according to their respective teams and personalized with their names. event

National Day Celebrations

eventWith the sounds of feet marching to the beat of a drum, DAC kicked off the nations 38th National Day. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the well planned games and the human flag task before settling in for a lunch to celebrate the cultures of UAE and to feed their hungry appetites earned after a fun day of celebrations. Thanks to all the children, parents and staff who made this day a worthy success. The spirit of National Day was conveyed to the students as well as the staff of the Center.

Peter Pan on Ice- DAC lives the Fairytale

eventPeter Pan is a fairy tale about a mischievous and fun loving boy who refuses to grow up. Being young at heart, energetic and kind is what keeps everyone at DAC motivated to go on.
The children and staff had one of the most enthralling experiences watching Peter Pan on Ice at the Arabian Center. A few DAC kids actually started dancing, clapping and shouting Peter Pan! Peter Pan! And watching that was an immense pleasure in itself.
The stage was set to resemble an old English library with a huge book in the center titled Peter Pan which served as the background for different scenes of the play. The pages were flipped accordingly to reveal beautiful backgrounds and sets.
The actors or rather ice skaters performed magically and their stunts were mesmerizing. The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and the experience of watching a musical on ice.

Fun at UAS

eventThe 5th graders at the Universal American School, working on a unit titled ‘Lend a Hand’, invited 25 DAC students to spend a morning filled with art, music and fun.
On October 19th, 2009, our kids were graciously greeted by the students and teachers of UAS. Two buddies were assigned for each child to help out with the arts and crafts project. The day ended with everyone dancing with ribbons and having fun. Everyone was treated with a healthy snack. The children talked about their trip for days!


HE Venu Rajamony visits Dubai Autism Center

The Dubai Autism Center welcomed His Excellency Venu Rajamony, Consul-General of India and his wife Dr. Saroj Thappa to attend a cultural event organized by the Indian staff of DAC on 21 May, 2009. His Excellency was received by Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, Board Member and Director General of the Dubai Autism Center.
eventHE Mr. Rajamony toured the Centre’s classrooms, where he met with the children and Special Educators, and learned more about Autism, and the services that the Center provides. He then directed towards the conference room, where he was welcomed by a group of colorful and smiling Indian staff. Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General of DAC, presented the Counsel General with a certificate and a colorful art work that was made by one of the students

Speaking on this occasion, HE Mr. Venu Rajamony said “It’s a great pleasure for my wife and me to visit the Dubai Autism Center. The staff and the leadership of this center are doing an outstanding job. The Indian Consulate and I would always be available for any support the DAC may require”.

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi said: “the visit reflects His Excellency’s concern of the Indian community who work with Special Needs and it also left a lasting impression on all staff members… It was a strong expression of his commitment towards humanitarian initiatives like the DAC,”
At the end of the visit, Al Emadi thanked the Counsel General for his meaningful gesture and pointed out that visits such as these are the key factors behind DAC's success and achievements.

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Consul General of Philippines visits Dubai Autism Center

The Dubai Autism Center welcomed His Excellency Mr. Benito Burgos Valeriano, Consul-General of Philippines to attend a cultural event organized by the Filipino staff members of DAC on 18th march 2009. His Excellency was received by Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, Board Member and Director General of the Dubai Autism Center.

eventHE Mr. Valeriano toured the Centre’s classrooms, where he met with the children and Special Educators, and learned more about Autism, and the services the Center provides. The event commenced with the Filipino national anthem, a presentation on the geographical expanse and the history of their nation. The staff put up the colourful dance and talked about the different religions and festivals. Finally traditional food and drinks were served.

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General of DAC, presented the Counsel General with a certificate and a colorful artwork that was made by one of the students. Speaking on this occasion, HE Mr. Valeriano said “It was really my pleasure to visit the Center… I had a very good impression to see this level of proficiency in the staff and the top management,”

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi said: “the visit reflects His Excellency’s concern of the Indian community who work with Special Needs and it also left a lasting impression on all staff members… It was a strong expression of his commitment towards humanitarian initiatives like the DAC,”
At the end of the visit, Al Emadi thanked the Counsel General for his meaningful gesture and pointed out that visits such as these are the key factors behind DAC's success and achievements.

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DAC first annual computer competition

eventDubai Autism Center’s Occupational Therapy Unit has organized the first internal Computer Literacy Competition held on 27th Jan at the Center’s premises for 33 students have got certificates in addition to 17 prizes only for the winners. Sarah Al Marzooqi, OT & Creative Unit Coordinator, said: “The idea of the competition was to give the students the opportunity to interact with their peers with some fun and to have a break from the regular day-to-day routine, it is the first step in holding such event, so in the future we could do it on a larger scale involving other centers,” There was a separate art corner arranged with placed there to make sure students waiting for their turn were engaged in some fun activity.

Happy Hours at Zabeel Park

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The Education Unit at DAC hosted the first ‘Happy Hours’ event at The Zabeel Park on 15 February 2009. The day was filled with fun games, quizzes, and charades, which were aimed for the purpose of enhancing team spirit and togetherness, in a relaxed atmosphere. Moreover, the staff thoroughly enjoyed the delicious multi-cultural cuisine brought by the members of the Education Unit. The day ended with an award ceremony where winners of the games were awarded with attractive gifts and prizes. Each member of the staff was also presented with an eco-friendly jute bag, which illustrates that DAC supports the cause to save the planet. Christina Bellos, Education Unit Head Teacher, said: “The purpose of The Staff Club is to create a positive and energetic environment and those who attended the event will totally agree that the aim was evidently achieved,”

DAC Celebrates National Day

event In celebration of the UAE 37th National Day which falls in the 2nd December, Dubai Autism Center in collaboration with Dubai Cultural & Arts Authority and Dubai World ‘Leaders’ has held a festive event marked by local perspective of the UAE through a couple of activities. A crowd of children, parents, staff, and volunteers were part of these activates which included a cultural exhibition contains traditional stuff such as food, drinks, clothes, perfumes and others. Children were also involved in designing and painting flags, learning the traditional customs of the UAE and enjoying an outdoor event with their families.

Tennis Legends in a Visit to Dubai Autism Center

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Dubai Autism Center has welcomed on Wednesday 19 November 2008, the famous tennis players: the current Stanford Champions, Sergi Bruguera (ESP), and Anders Jarryd (SWE), and representatives of Delwood Sport Marketing.The two players toured the Center’s various units and enjoyed playing tennis with the children in short matches on the Center’s playground. This visit was part of the prestigious "The Legends Rock Dubai" tennis event held during 19th – 22nd November 2008.

DAC participates in the Sharjah World Book Fair 2008

event Dubai Autism Center exhibits a group of valuable books about Autism and the Center’s services, supplied by the international institutions of The National Autistic Society - UK, and The Great Plains Laboratory - US.

Mr. Al Emadi’s new book is one of the books that H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, has taken a few minutes to view and autograph.

Boney M concert to raise awareness for Dubai Autism Center

event Boney M, the musical sensation that blazed across the pop charts in the 70's and 80's, is in Dubai for a charity concert in aid of the Dubai Autism Center.

The concert held on Monday 27th October 2008 seeks to raise awareness for Autism One of the band's original members and lead singer, Marcia Barrett visited the Center to meet the children.

Speaking about why this concert was of immense personal importance, Ms Barrett said:event

'I think it's important to be part of the community - not only where you live but wherever you think you can serve. To be able to do this Charity Concert for DAC is therefore an honor.The Dubai Autism Center is a wonderful school and the therapists here are doing such a great job. I hope the concert has helped in some way toward a very precious mission.'

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