Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is very common leading to significant disability with recognized dysfunction in family systems and huge burdens on communities. American CDC estimated the 1 in every 68 child at the age of 8 year is at risk of being autistic. Although autism is very common in Saudi and the Arab gulf region, most of what is known about the disorder is based on western data.
Research is very weak and limited in our region, and health and other professionals need to be motivated and encourage to start conducting and publishing research in all dimensions, this may be the only way that the world and our self’s acquire more knowledge about autism causation, presentations and potential therapies in GCC area.
SARC is going to be a venue to present research projects and discuss data and conclusions and open up more questions that need to be studied in further research. Also it will motivate professionals in the field to start research projects and presents them in the annual SARC.
The KAAUH will host this conference to provide one of the tools to improve health and other services needed for people with autism and their families, which on the long run will impact health funds and quality of care significantly.