Nour M. Al-qassab, who studied special education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, lives in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He used the International Development Grant to promote the establishment of an ABAI chapter in the Middle East. The biggest impact of the project is reflected in the change from ineffective traditional interventions for autism and other related disabilities to empirically proven ones. The project involved several measures including applied behavior analysis (ABA) workshops focused on using verbal behavior and improving communication skills for children with autism and related disorders. The project also supported measures to increase public awareness of ABA and its applications through articles in local newspapers, family magazines, and special education publications; the translation of select articles into Arabic; and the creation of an Arabic website about ABA.
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