UAE international Annual Conference & Exhibition / Abu Dhabi 2023
Autism. Challenges and Solutions
Since 2013
28-30th April / 2023
International research and practice conference «Autism. Challenges and Solutions» covers a broad set of issues related to autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The conference is envisioned not only as an experience sharing event, but also as an attempt to deal with a serious medical and social problem which is not getting its fare share of attention in most countries.
During the conference, the latest skills and experiences
in the field of developing modern methods of treating autism disorder will be reviewed within dialogue sessions, discussions, scientific research and visual presentations that include solutions and developmental ideas with the participation of
a large number of doctors, researchers and specialized experts from international academics in this field.
The conference will be accompanied by practical training workshops starting from the date of April 27, 2023 by international trainers and a media campaign on the media and social networking sites to support children with autism through
The educational goal of the conference is to pull autism out of the shadows. This creates an opportunity to introduce recent advances in protocols and methods into clinical practice and to encourage research to solve various problems of autism.
At a glance
Over 10 years of work the conference “Autism. Challenges and Solutions” laid the foundation for major changes in the field of professional care for people with autism. It launched an extremely significant discourses on autism, responding to current trends in scientific research and reflecting the re-conceptualization of autism as a phenomenon and as a diagnosis in the 21st century.
Countries of participants:
Goals of the conference:
Present the front-rank knowledge in theory and practice of autism treatment to the international community, speed up the dissemination of new, effective and safe measures, both medical and educational, to help people with autism
Show the results of the pilot stage of a unique experimental project for education of autistic children based on an innovative model of inclusive education for children with special cognitive needs, making use of the best international practices and state-of-the-art research
Discuss the ways and approaches for implementing some of these results into international practice
Demonstrate innovative research and achievements in biomedicine that may help fulfill various needs in autism
Form working groups for implementation of international projects in research and clinical practice
Set a starting point for biomedicine development in search of autism clinical diagnostic methods and ASD intervention approaches
Fulfill a powerful educational mission through massive participation in the conference and broad media outreach
Among speakers 2023:
Stephen M. Edelson

Ph.D., Director of the Autism Research Institute (USA)
Ekaterina Zhestkova
BCBA, IBA, Chairman of the RusABA Board, Director of the ABA-training Center “StepUp ABA” (Russia)
Khaled Saad
Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics at Assiut University Children's Hospital (Egypt)
James Adams
Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Autism/Asperger's Research Program at Arizona State University, President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix (USA)
Laila Al-Ayadhi
Ph.D., Professor and Consultant of Neurophysiology, Director
of KSU-Autism Research
and Treatment center, Department of physiology, Faculty of Medicine,
King Saud University
(Saudi Arabia)
Barbara Gross
Missouri Behavior Consulting (USA)
Richard E. Frye

M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Rossignol Medical Center and the Autism Discovery and Treatment Foundation (USA)
Michael M. Mueller
Ph.D., BCBA-D, IBA, Executive Director of International Behavior Analysis Organization (USA)
Naila Rabbani
Professor of Basic Medical Science, College of Medicine, QU Health, Qatar University (Qatar)
Ph.D., Professor of Human Genetics, Head of the DNA Research Laboratory in Genetic Behavioral Disorders, founder of the Autism Research Study Group, former Head of the Human Genetics Unit at the National Research Center (Egypt)
Nagwa Meguid

Undurti N. Das
MD, DSc, FAMS, FRSC, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad, Kandi (India), Department of Biotechnology, ITMO University (Russia)
Wail Hassan
Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (USA)
The Venue:
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
Luxury 5 Star Resort
Beach Rotana

Floor to the Originators

The Audience:
More than 20 000 people attended the Conference in the last 10 years
The audience of the conference is very diverse and includes:
Research Scientists
Science journalists
(psychiatrists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, pediatricians)

(speech pathologists, psychologists and psychotherapists, art therapists, behavioral analysts)
Special educators
Medical doctors

Government officials
Various parent communities
Hybrid format:
In 2020 the traditionally inperson conference was quicky rearranged into the online format. This allowed to widen the range of participants and deepen the content, retaining its high quality. Since this year, the conference has retained a hybrid format. Talks and workshops will be broadcast from the conference halls to a specially organized online platform with simultaneous translation into Russian and Arabic. This will allow not only to maintain the already attracted audience of the conference "Autism. Challenges and Solutions", but also to significantly expand the international audience.
Integrative online platform
Autism. Challenges and Solutions
Live online talks

Questions and answers in live format

Studio for a live broadcast with moderators

Discussions between participants through their personal accounts on the conference platform

Live discussions with the experts from studio

Records of talks and lectures
Online marathon
Main topics:
sharing the know-how
experts, professionals,
genetics and epigenetics
evidence based methods and experimental practices
Pathogenesis of autism:
genetics and epigenetics
Building the community:
Workshops and clinical seminars:
Education of autistic people
Neuroscience perspective on autism
Autism intervention and therapy:
Behavioral science and autism
Socioeconomic aspects of autism
Epidemiology of autism
Diagnosing and classifying "autisms":
potential biomarkers,
test protocols and assays
ABA and education topics:
Skills evaluation instruments and development of educational plans
Evidence based methods of alternative communication
Modern trends in ABA therapy
Behavioral approach in inclusive education
Standards and ethics of ABA Professionals
Evidence based effectiveness of applied behavior analysis
ABA therapy trainings and practicums
Certification seminars on alternative communication methods and sports
mediated intervention
Clinical workshops with practicing M.D.'s
Interaction with the parent organizations
Entertainment program
Beyond the conference:
Supervisions of educational projects and inclusive practices

Lotus Holistic Group
The first and the best holistic healthcare center in the Middle East leading the way in natural medicine and non-invasive approaches to wellness

A diverse group of doctors and adjunct staff from all over the world

Holistic, drugless healthcare with top notch doctors as well as modern equipment

Includes Zahrat Al Lotus Autism Center providing speech-therapy, art therapy, occupational therapy, psychological and educational services

Supporting autistic children and their families

Educational programs and training for specialists in the field of autism

Many years of experience in organizing leading international conferences on complementary and integrative medicine
The Autism Research Institute
Was founded in 1967 by Bernard Rimland, an American research psychologist, writer, lecturer, and influential person in the field of developmental disorders

Works to support the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research, and education

For more than 50 years has been at the forefront of modern autism research

Works to pioneer efforts in biological research, educational outreach, and networking across organizations worldwide

A unique resource for individuals with ASD, their families, healthcare professionals

Has awarded more than 100 research grants over the past 10 years.
Autism Challenge Center
Russia's leading expert organization in the field of autism founded by parents

Help to families raising kids with autism

Introduction of effective support, intervention, treatment, and teaching methods into social and educational practices in Russia


Development of Professional Standard Inclusive Education (evidence-based Model)

Cooperation with universities and training programs for specialists

Interaction with governmental bodies

Founder of the Conference "Autism. Challenges and Solutions"
Request to Purchase Organic Products from ZHO
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Renewal of People of Determination Card
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Request for Training on the Care of People of Determination
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Request Sports Club Membership for People of Determination
Through this service, you can request membership in a sports club for people of determination to participate in the sports games and represent the country in international, regional, and local competitions.

Request Employment of People of Determination
Find a job on the people of determination employment e-gate to get hired by a government or private entity according to Abu Dhabi labour market conditions in terms of supply and demand.
Apply for Parking Permit for People of Determination
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Request to Assess Building Readiness for People of Determination
Through this service, you can request to obtain an assessment report and specialized technical and professional consultation for the standards approved in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the specifications of the appropriate environmental preparation for people with determination for the buildings and facilities of government agencies.

Request to Provide Materials in Braille for Entities
Through this service, you can request for educational materials in Braille such as school books, worksheets, exam forms and educational summaries for all universities and educational levels in the UAE.
Request Psychological and Social Counselling
Through this service, individuals can request psychological and social counseling for people of determination in ZHO and their families. The consultation is according to scientific foundations for the prevention and treatment of different psychological, behavioral, adaptive, and developmental problems.

Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO)
With centres and clubs for People of Determination across Abu Dhabi, ZHO provides a range of integrated services that aim at rehabilitating disabled people for inclusion into the community. These services include training and education, vocational and therapeutic rehabilitation, psychological care, family counselling, as well as supporting educational and sport activities:
Under the patronage of His Highness
Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
«The conference represents an important opportunity to advocate for an integrated approach to the inclusion of children of determination and the need for early identification, intervention and inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) into the mainstream education system, as it can greatly benefit these children and their families and can ultimately help them reach their full potential.

Autism is a social responsibility.»
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination
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Sponsorship package
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Informational banner in the main conference hall
Company information in the media coverage

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About 500 speakers from more than 20 countries
presented during 10 annual Conferences since 2013