Sanad Village: inside the Dubai centre helping children with autism transition into the working world

SourceThe National

Omar Al Suwaidan, 17, dreams of one day getting a job so he can help support his family.

Diagnosed with autism at a young age, he is one of 90 pupils and students enrolled at Sanad Village in Dubailand.

The residential complex, which opened a year ago, is helping equip young people with conditions such as autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy with the skills they need to transition into the world of work.

The 30,000 square-metre village, located in Dubai Sustainable City, has mock simulation areas, such as a mall, health clinic, police station and airport, so children and young adults can more...