The Autism Centre is the brainchild of Firmaisek Jaleel who herself had two autistic children and found absolutely no arrangements to support them anywhere in the Iraqi educational or medical institutions. Children like this in Iraq have traditionally just been classified as mad and shut away.
Remarkably, Firmaisek derives all her diagnostic principles and training methods from publications (in French) from Lebanon. Our support has allowed her to expand the centre and cater for 85 children in two shifts – 5 of them are IDPs. The work is inevitably staff-intensive – Firmaisek has 22 carers.