Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Manazel, US firm mull school for autism victims

Manazel Real Estate, a leading developer in the UAE has teamed up with US-based non-profit May Institute to explore feasibility of developing a school for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs in the UAE.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reflects the shared goals of May Institute and Manazel to support children on the autism spectrum. May Institute will deliver due diligence services to Manazel to explore this project.

This new venture is in line with Manazel's strategic initiative to diversify and expand into dynamic growth and niche markets capitalizing on a range of opportunities while also servicing part of a community through the provision of unique education and raising awareness.

Dr Lauren C Solotar, president and CEO of May Institute, said, "We look forward to collaborating with Manazel on this assessment and are pleased to share our expertise with the UAE.”

“May Institute and its National Autism Center respond to national and global demand for a broad range of needs and services, including the dissemination of best practices in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) treatment of autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities; training in applied behaviour analysis; and the start-up and operation of schools and programs for autism both nationally and internationally.

"As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism increases across the globe, the need for effective, research-based interventions is more critical than ever. This potential project aligns with our strategic goal of expanding our reach to provide innovative ABA services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan,” she added.

Manazel's chairman Mohamed M Al Qubaisi said, "I am delighted to announce this strategic alliance with May Institute, which reflects our constant search for opportunities that lead towards growth momentum and the company's commitment to its on-going expansion strategy to enter new growth and niche markets. We continue to work towards achieving the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 by taking sound steps and studying endeavours which deliver unique and creative real estate projects for the greater community."

“In the pursuit of delivering optimal shareholder value, Manazel remains focused on pursuing opportunities that complements its overall business strategy while also fulfilling the UAE's efforts to support individuals with disabilities in order for them to be active members of society,” he added.

May Institute is a non-profit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behaviour analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. – TradeArabia News Service

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