(MENAFN - Arab News) Defense Minister Prince Salman will open the Prince Nasser Autism Center, a subsidiary of the Saudi Charitable Society for Autism, in Riyadh's Maadar district on Sunday.
Several prominent figures, including princes, ministers and business leaders will attend the ceremony.
Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Prince Turki bin Nasser, chairman of the society, thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his approval to name the center after Prince Nasser. He also appreciated the great care and concern of Prince Salman in supporting charity and humanitarian works, especially for those with special needs.
Prince Turki said the center's building, which features high-tech facilities, was constructed and fully furnished in line with world standard. "This is the first Saudi model autism center making services available for men and women in all age groups affected by autism," he said.
Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. All these signs appear before an autistic child is three years old.
The Saudi Charitable Society for Autism extends direct service to more than 500 people affected by autism through its various branches and centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.