Guided by a purpose to make UAE an indifferent place for people with Autism, the Autism Foundation (ATF) was founded in 2011 and Since its humble beginnings, ATF works to provide support, ambition, and hope to the community, leading the way to creating a society that whole-heartedly accepts and welcomes those with Autism.
The Autism Trust Foundation (ATF) is a non-profitable organization registered in the UK & the United Nation Department of Economic and Social Affairs with a truly global reach in its portfolio of unique program and initiatives throughout the world. The expanded focus would help ATF provide affordable therapy and support to children and families dealing with autism across the UAE.
Among the key developments, ATF launched Understanding Hope challenges in consonance to their objectives of making UAE a better place for those with Autism. As a result of ATF initiative programs in communities and workshops in educational establishments, over the years more people who work support people with Autism, or who just want to make a difference in the lives of people with Autism, are becoming involved with ATF. Although no official figures are available on the total number of people with Autism in the UAE, experts estimate the statistics are similar to global prevalence.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota is one of the most respected and innovative psychology departments in the United States. Ours is a 100-year legacy of academic excellence and ground-breaking research.
Our graduate programs in clinical and industrial/organizational psychology are exemplary, with rankings consistently in the top 10 in the US; our cutting-edge research is internationally renowned for its particular strengths in behavior genetics, cognitive and affective neuroscience, multisensory perception, and the understanding of consciousness.
We collaborate regularly with colleagues in the Academic Health Center (neuroscience, radiology, psychiatry, ophthalmology, and others), Institute for Child Development, the School of Public Health, and the kinesiology, computer science, and biomedical engineering departments.
APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 117,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
APA's strategic plan provides a road map to guide and prioritize the work of the organization in the context of factors affecting the discipline of psychology, psychologists, membership organizations and our society.
These factors include demographic and generational trends, globalization, changes in health and mental health-care delivery and financing, challenges in the funding of behavioral research and the increase in smaller "niche" organizations.
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), was established to meet the credentialing needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs. In 2001, IBCCES first established the industry standards for a Certified Autism Specialist. Each year these standards are reviewed and updated by our board of industry professionals including researchers from leading universities, a former state level special education director, industry leaders, as well as clinicians in the fields of mental health, behavior analysis, speech and language pathology, school psychology, occupational therapy, and parents. Our Certified Autism Specialist standards are now used by organizations all over the world to ensure the highest quality of care and training for professionals in the field of Autism.
The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association has awarded International Membership to the Autism Trust Foundation for the Middle East with all its privileges and obligations as from June 2016