Aug 30, 2023, EIN Newsdesk: Oman National Autism Center Earns First Certified Autism Center Designation in the Country https://www.einnews.com/amp/pr_news/652598498/oman-national-autism-center-earns-first-certified-autism-center-designation-in-the-country
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) is proud to announce the Oman National Autism Center (ONAC) as the first Certified Autism Center (CAC) in the country. The CAC designation recognizes the center's commitment to providing enhanced supports and ser
vices to autistic individuals and their families.
To earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation, ONAC met rigorous IBCCES
requirements. These included a strong commitment to serving autistic individuals, certification of at least 80% of public-facing staff, and an ongoing commitment to specialized autism training.
"We are proud to be the first Certified Autism Center™ in the Sultanate of Oman to become a Certified Autism Center. We are dedicated to following the latest evidence-based practices in the treatment and supports around autism to achieve qualitative development in the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and enabling their integration into society," said Dr. Nadia Al Ajmi, CEO of ONAC.
The Ministry of Social Development, in collaboration with the private sector, established the National Autism Center in Muscat to address the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder cases within the Sultanate. This center, funded by the Omani Company for Liquefied Natural Gas, offers a comprehensive approach encompassing special education,
occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, psychological and social counseling, and cultural, sports, and recreational programs to empower families and autistic individuals. Moreover, the center also plays a role in vocational rehabilitation, assisting individuals in developing skills that facilitate their successful integration into the workforce and community.
IBCCES Board Chairman Myron Pincomb stated, "The Certified Autism Center™
designation reflects the Oman National Autism Center's unwavering dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for autistic individuals.