IMR Press / FBL / Volume 24 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.2741/4721

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Open Access Review
Autism in the Gulf States: a regional overview
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1 Research and Policy Department, World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 5825, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Human Nutrition, Sultan Qaboos University, PC 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
3 Ageing and Dementia Research Group, Sultan Qaboos University, PC 123, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
4 Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 35, P.C. 123, Alkhoud, Sultanate of Oman
5 Department of Behavioral Medicine, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 35, P.C. 123, Alkhoud, Sultanate of Oman
*Correspondence: wqoronfleh@qf.org.qa (M. Walid Qoronfleh)
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2019, 24(2), 334–346; https://doi.org/10.2741/4721
Published: 1 January 2019
Abstract

In this review, we provide a Gulf region-centric view on autism with special focus on Qatar and Oman, including a review of seminal Qatari/Omani work from the literature. In addition, we offer a summary from the World Innovation Summit for Health and World Innovation Summit for Education autism reports as well as outline some of the main challenges, best practices and a path forward for the Gulf region from a healthcare perspective. Finally, we highlight the role of public outreach and awareness to lay the groundwork for enlightened policy for intervention and resource allocation to care for autistic individuals.

Keywords
Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD
Autism
Middle East
North Africa
MENA
Gulf Cooperation Council
GCC
Qatar
Oman
Public health
Epidemiology
Review
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