Arwa El Amine Halawi

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Personal information

Title: 
President, Director

Contact information (private)

Address: 
Verdun, Habib Srour Str., Verdun Etoile Bldg., 7th fl.
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 1 860860
Personal email address: 
ahalawi@autismlebanon.org

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Lebanese Autism Society
Postbox: 
113/5819
Address: 
Gémayzeh - College du Sacré Coeur
City: 
Beirut
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 1 449988 & 961 1 443366
Mobile phone: 
961 3 232427
Work email address: 
Las@autismlebanon.org

Education

Bachelor degree, Arabic, 1984 - 1987, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Teaching Diploma, Secondary school, 1984 - 1987, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Lebanese and French Baccalaureate, 1973 - 1984, Collège Louise Wegmann, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Autism
Advocacy (Rights of Individuals with Autism)
Management
Languages: 
English
French
Arabic

Work history

Director, 2014-present, Center for Autism Intervention and Research (LAS CAIR)

President, October 2009-present, Arab Network for Autism (ANA).

Director, September 2006-present, Technical School for Adolescents with Autism (TSA).

Director, April 2005-present, Early Intervention & Diagnostic Center (C.D.I.P).

President, 2003-present, Lebanese Autism Society (LAS).

Director, 2000-present, Classes for Children with Autism (CCA).

Project Director, June 2007-June 2009, Promoting the Acceptance of Vulnerable Groups of Children and Youth in Lebanon (LAS project funded by AFKAR II program - European Commission and managed by OMSAR).

Project Director, March 2005-May 2006, Economic Rights of Youth with Special Needs (Project funded by Oxfam Quebec).

Project Director, March 2005-February 2006, The Rights of Children with Special Needs and Children with Autism (LAS project funded by AFKAR II program - European Commission and managed by OMSAR).

Honorary office and memberships

Founding Member of the Arab Network for Autism (ANA), 2009-present.

Member of the National Board for Disabled Individuals, 2005 - present.

Founding member and Coordinator of the National Autism Coordination Committee, 2004-present.

Founding member of the Lebanese Autism Society (LAS), 1999 - present.

Member of the National Inclusion Programme in Lebanon, School administration, and Legal Affairs Committee, September 2009-June 2010.

Member of the Board of Directors of the National Union of Associations and Parents of Children with Mental Retardation (UNAPIEI), 2004-2007.

Productions

Major achievements: 

Organizing a conference entitled "Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Autism Intervention", April 2014.

Organizing the Second Arab Regional Conference for Autism titled "Early Detection, Early Diagnosis”, in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Beirut, October 2008.

Organizing the first Arab Regional Conference on Autism titled ”Arab Regional Conference on Autism: Education and Care”, in collaboration with UNESCO Office of Education in Beirut, May 2004.

Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 

Lectures:
- “The impact of Autism on the family”, Conference in the United Nations Headquarters, New York - USA, April 2010.
- “World Autism Awarness Day”, Round Table on Autism, Doha - Qatar, April 2009.
- Conference titled “L’autisme dans le Mediteranée” [Autism in the Mediterranean region], Marseilles, France, December 2008.

Awards and Distinctions

Received an award from the CMA CGM Foundation for her continuous support of autistic children through the Lebanese Autism Society (LAS), 2014

Appreciation Award for founding the Arab Network for Autism during the Autism Around the World Symposium, 2010.

Award of Merit Prince Faisal Bin Fahad’s Center for Autism, Riyadh for organizing the second Arab Regional Conference, 2008.

Award of Merit from the Iraq Center for Autism for organizing the second Arab Regional Conference, 2008.

Award of Merit from the Yemen Center for Autism for organizing the second Arab Regional Conference, 2008.

Award of Merit from the Kuwait Center for Autism for participating in the World Autism Awareness Day, 2006.