Living with autism: a focus on families with Middle Eastern backgrounds


We are pleased to announce an upcoming Senses Cultural special event bringing help to Middle Eastern communities and refugee families dealing with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The event will take place at the UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Wednesday, August 1st, 2018.

The evening will begin with welcoming remarks by Dr. Len Abbeduto, Director of UC Davis MIND Institute.

Panels include:

  • Medical Workup and Targeted Treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorder including Fragile X syndrome: Dr. Randi Hagerman
  • Autism Stigma and the Role of Ethnicity and Culture: Providing Feedback to Families: Dr. Marzieh Forghani
  • Parenting Skills within  Middle Eastern Cultures: Dr. Marsha Chinichian
  • Applying for Molecular and Cellular Medicine in Autism: Dr. Karim Nayernia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders – Behavioral Treatments and Parent Coaching: Dr. Sarah Dufek

Please RSVP at

When: 5:30 – 7:30pm, August 1, 2018.
Where: UC Davis MIND Institute on the Medical Center Campus, Auditorium
Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking. This event is open to the public.

Your support and recognition would allow us to take this type of event to additional sites and communities. We would appreciate any donation you are able to provide to help Senses Cultural continue hosting autism awareness events in the United States, Iran and internationally.

Please make checks payable to Senses Cultural or make a donation through our website or Facebook page.

Senses Cultural is a nonprofit organization and has received IRS 501(c)(3) approval, which allows us to receive tax-deductible donations. Senses Cultural is an authorized organization by US Treasury Department to participate in health-related activities with Iran under OFAC License No. 1A-2016-334150-1.

panel discussion on the Impact of War on Women and Children in the Middle East

2-5 pm
Senses Cultural is presenting a panel discussion on the Impact of War on Women and Children in the Middle East to be held on  the  afternoon of June 28th
at San Francisco State University. 

Details of the event are below.

While more men are directly killed, injured and harmed in the situations of war, women are more adversely affected than men over the entire conflict. Women and  girls  are killed, sexually attached, and humiliated because of gender. They have to care for family during wartime, they may face displacement and separation from love ones. Children may also become victims of  killed  maimed, recruited to act as solders themselves or forced into prostitution.  This important issue of women and children in conflict is often not completely addressed as evidenced by the recent wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Senses Cultural, through its up-coming panel discussion, “The Impact of War on Women and Children,” provides the opportunity for the scholars and researcher to fill the existing information gaps on the problem and suffering of women and children in the war recently experienced by Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and others.
Our expert panelists include doctors, journalists, philanthropists, all activist in this very important and relevant cause. More information about our  panelists  is coming soon.

The proposed panel discussion intends to provide the opportunity for the scholars and researcher to present papers with the aim to fill the existing information gaps on the problem and suffering of women and children in the war recently experienced by Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan and most recent disasters situation in Syria. The display of the depth and extend of the impact of war on women and children in the concerned countries may discourage the parties involved choose means other than war to resolve their conflict. The other important factor to choose this time for the panel is the on-going war in Syria and the possibility of breaking of new wars in the region.

SUPPORT: We need your help. 
Your contributions will enable us to help to bring more understanding about our world. Senses Cultural is a nonprofit dedicating to create a more peaceful and healthier environment for all. Your contributions will help us to bring voice to voiceless and to empower women in Middle East and around the world.

Tata Monfared

Founder & Executive Director
Senses Cultural