Dear Friends,

As we just celebrated the International Women’s Day, Senses Cultural cannot imagine anything more worth celebrating than this special day! Our Senses Cultural team and supporters have been advocating on behalf of women, mothers and families for many years, particularly for those in the Middle East or those from a Middle Eastern background. Some years back, we expanded our focus to encompass those families who may struggle with a disability including those with a neurodevelopmental diagnosis such as autism orfragile X syndrome.  So often, it is women who carry the main responsibility of caring for a child with special needs and for those women, in particular, we add our special acknowledgement of their role and we celebrate their commitment and dedication. Senses Cultural will continue to work hard to build a better world. Please review the report below for an overview of our efforts.

Following is a listing of recent Senses Cultural activities:

– Art For Autism Exhibition in Tehran

Senses Cultural and its Iranian sister organization Shokraneh Mavaddateh Jahani (Blessings of Universal Contribution) organized a six-day exhibition called “Art forAutism” at Niavaran Institution of Art & Cultural in Tehran in October 2015 & July 2016.
http://sensescultural.org/event/watching-the-art-for-autism-film-review/
http://sensescultural.org/event/art-for-autism/

– AUTISM WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS IN TEHRAN

Senses Cultural organized training in Tehran for special education teachers and other intervention specialists who work with children who have autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

http://sensescultural.org/2017/11/06/autism-workshop-for-teachers-in-tehran/

– INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AUTISM
Senses Cultural organized a two-day conference in Tehran in December 2017 featuring a team of American and Iranian experts in the field of autism. Over 200 guests benefited from in-depth presentations regarding autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders at the 3rdInternational Autism Conference at The Presidential Club in Tehran. The event was sponsored by the Charity Foundation for Special Diseases, The University of Tehran and Senses Cultural and brought together leading Iranian specialists with visiting specialists from universities in the United States and Turkey.
http://sensescultural.org/2017/08/29/tehran-international-conference/
http://sensescultural.org/2018/01/31/a-trip-to-be-remembered/
http://sensescultural.org/2018/01/04/thanks-for-your-support-of-tehran-international-autism-conference/

– SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS IN TEHRAN AND ISFAHANWITH AMERICAN EXPERTS
Senses Cultural organized collaborative discussions between American and Iranian neurodevelopmental experts at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services and at Royan Institute in Tehran. A meeting was also organized at  Beheshti University Research Institute on STEM Cells.

http://sensescultural.org/2017/12/12/senses-culturals-efforts-in-tehran-and-isfahan/
http://sensescultural.org/2017/12/05/international-autism-conference-in-tehran-on-december-9th-10th/

– SECOND ART FOR AUTISM EXHIBITION
Senses Cultural founder and CEO Tata Monfared spoke at the Living with Autism event in Tehran, Iran. She discussed the importance of arts and culture in the quest to help families living with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
http://sensescultural.org/2018/07/15/art-for-autism-exhibit-in-tehran/

– AUTISM WORKSHOPS AT TEHRAN AUTISM SCHOOL
Senses Cultural hosted two Living with Autism workshop at an autism school in Tehran with the support of the Tehran Ministry of Education for Children with Special Needs on May 27, 2018. The workshops are in collaboration with our sister company Shokraneh MavaddatJahani, a group in Iran promoting the well-being of mothers, families, and children with special needs.
http://sensescultural.org/2018/05/11/autism-workshop-university-tehran/

– AUTISM AWARENESS TRAINING AT SHIRAZ UNIVERSITY
Senses Cultural and the Department of Neuroscience at Shiraz University in Iran co-hosted their first autism training event in May 2018 since signing a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2018.
http://sensescultural.org/2018/05/02/senses-cultural-catalyst-for-new-autism-awareness-training-at-shiraz-university/

– AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT AT UC DAVIS MIND INSTITUTE
On August 1, 2018, approximately 50 parents and professionals of the Middle Eastern community from the Sacramento, CA area attended an autism awareness event at the UC Davis Mind Institute organized by Senses Cultural.
HTTP://SENSESCULTURAL.ORG/2018/08/06/SENSES-CULTURAL-HOSTS-SUCCESSFUL-AUTISM-AWARENESS-EVENT-AT-UC-DAVIS-MIND-INSTITUTE/

– MOU WITH UC DAVIS MIND INSTITUTE
In May 2018, Senses Cultural signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UC Davis MIND Institute, a research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. The MOU is for the purposes of:
1. Exchange of academic faculty
2. Exchange of students
3. Exchange of information and knowledge including articles within academic publications
4. Joint or cooperative organization of educational, scientific and cultural events
HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=Y-YVL5JH3-A&FEATURE=YOUTU.BE
HTTP://SENSESCULTURAL.ORG/2018/11/24/WISHING-A-VERY-WONDERFUL-THANKSGIVING-TO-YOU-AND-YOUR-LOVED-ONES/

– WORKSHOP FOR SACRAMENTO AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Senses cultural organized a workshop and a presentation by Dr. Marzieh Forghany, Psy D for the west Sacramento Washington School District on the issue of autism and the stigma associated with the diagnosis in some Middle Eastern cultures.
http://sensescultural.org/2018/12/21/senses-organizes-workshop-for-sacramento-area-school-district/
Also mentioning about an upcoming community workshop for professionals and parents assigned for May 8thsponsored by the Society of Zoroestarian I Sacramento.

– LAUNCHED PLANNING OF AN INTERNATIONAL STEM CELL CONFERENCE AT UC DAVIS MIND INSTITUTE
In January 2019, Ms. Monfared held a preliminary planning meeting with the leadership of the UC Davis MIND Institute to discuss the collaborative organization of an international stem cell research conference that will focus on the stem cell opportunities related to neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition to the MIND Institute and Senses Cultural, a third collaborative partner will be the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) based in Berlin Germany and represented by Alessandro Prigione, MD, PhD who serves as a team leader within the MDC Dept. of Neuroproteomics.