The Emirates Airline Foundation has announced that it will be funding the construction of a new building for the Safe Centre for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
The ground-breaking facility will span 1858m2, boosting Safe Centre’s capacity, thus allowing it to accommodate an additional 100 children in need of special education services.
Safe Centre will move into the new facility upon its completion in the fall of 2018.
The initiative, led by the Emirates Airline Foundation, is in line with the UAE’S Year of Giving, a nation-wide initiative introduced by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Through its support of the Safe Centre for Autism, the Emirates Airline Foundation strives to help open doors of opportunity for children with special needs in the UAE.
President, Emirates Airline and chairman, Emirates Airline Foundation, Sir Tim Clark stated: “The Emirates Airline Foundation is supported by the generous donations of our passengers and we are proud to be able to fund the building of this new facility for Safe Centre.
“Since its inception, the centre has been providing important education opportunities tailored to children with special needs, and we hope that the new facility will continue to be a valuable resource in the UAE for children on the autism spectrum and their families,” he added.
Delighted with the development was managing director, Safe Centre for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, Mahbouba Yousuf: “The Emirates Airline Foundation has been a generous supporting organisation of our Centre since its opening in 2010. We are grateful for the foundation’s significant contribution for the construction of our new facilities. This will enable us to take additional staff, and ensure our centre has a sustainable future in providing quality treatment and education for even more children, and help make a difference as they grow into adulthood.”
The new facility design is set to accommodate more comprehensive programmes for children on the autism spectrum, housing 12 additional classrooms which include spacious backyard; a playground and quiet rooms; speech therapy rooms; occupational therapy rooms; a sensory room equipped with leisure facilities; art and music rooms; a vocational service room; a swimming pool; and an indoor and outdoor play area. This is in addition to two new dining areas, meeting rooms and a library.