Will There Be A Spark In The Dark? Provision of Services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Private Schools in Dubai

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
This study aims to investigate and evaluate critically the present status of Inclusion for students with Autistic Syndrome Disorder (ASD) within the mainstream in primary section of three private schools in Dubai, UAE, and determine how much support is rendered to such students and can we term it as “A Spark in the Dark”. The goal of incorporating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into the regular streamline of education is to bring about awareness and understanding within students; teachers: and other stakeholders in order to bring justice to students of special needs. Every child has the right to education whether they be normal or special and no child should be deprived of education in today’s world. A number of data collection methods have been employed in three different schools, with three different students and in three different setting or subjects. These were done through the use of Observation, Questionnaire and through Networking. Accommodating ASD students into regular school set-ups is not an easy task and process. Such students cannot acquire knowledge by themselves as those in normal situations as they need to be a part of schools and taught along with other students strategically and step by step in order to become a part of their own life style. The findings of this study should lay a foundation for a number of promising situations in Inclusion in Private Schools in Dubai.
inclusion, Learning Support Assistant (LSA), Autistim Syndrome Disorder (ASD), United Arab Emirates (UAE), autism