Muscat: Her Highness the Honourable Lady Assayida Ahd Abdullah Hamed Al Busaidi, Spouse of the Sultan of Oman, inaugurated the Ministry of Social Development’s National Autism Centre in Al Khoud, Wilayat of Al Seeb, Muscat.
Considered to be the first of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman, the National Autism Centre incarnates the principle of strategic partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Oman LNG. It is designed to provide cutting-edge rehabilitation and treatment services for autistic individuals across all ages from toddlerhood to adulthood, using the latest programmes to enable social inclusion and independence.
Her Highness the Honourable Lady visited the Centre’s different halls and facilities showcasing the services offered to beneficiaries, including behavioural therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, as well as vocational rehabilitation.
Her Highness also visited the Centre’s tailored simulation rooms, specifically built to reflect the actual ambiance of facilities to revive the capabilities and skills of autistic individuals, besides engendering familiarity and tolerance for day-to-day activities.
Moreover, Her Highness was briefed about the recreational activities within the centre that range from music and swimming to playrooms and sports corners.
Her Highness also conferred with a number of caretakers and specialists. She expressed her gratitude for their ceaseless role and dedication in supporting the autistic community. She valued their integral role in imparting diversity and inclusion within the community.
Her Highness later attended a play titled “Innovators Factory”, which highlighted the talents and creativity of autistic children, as well as the role of the centre in developing these talents and integrate into society.
At the end of her visit, Her Highness the Honourable Lady received a commemorative gift from Dr. Laila Ahmed Al Najjar, Minister of Social Development.
The National Autism Centre’s compound occupies a total area of 23,600 square metres, with the main building covering a total of 5,225 square metres. The project was set up to the tune of RO 2.5 million and accommodates 120 autistic cases.