More About Dr. Donia Fahim
While in New York, she led the development of the Autism Dual Language Program, the first program of its kind where children with AS receive instruction in both Spanish and English. She was responsible for developing and expanding the Intensive Kindergarten Program with Professor Shirley Cohen, an inclusion program for young children with AS. In Denmark, Dr. Donia served as the educational consultant for a three-year pilot ASD Nest program in the city of Aarhus, a teaching model that allows autistic children to learn effectively alongside neurotypical peers. She also co-founded and co-led Autism Friendly Spaces Inc., a New York-based non-profit that worked with recreational spaces to make them accessible for the autism community, including such venues as the Broadway Theatre, the Met Museum, and various universities, libraries and dental clinics.
Prior to New York, Dr. Donia was based in the Middle East and North Africa for a decade, serving as clinical director and founding member of The Egyptian Society for Developing Skills of Special Needs Children and the head of the Speech and Language department at the Learning Resource Centre, where she also founded the early-intervention program. She has supported the development of early-intervention and school-based programs in Nigeria, Ghana, Jordan and Bahrain.
An avid writer, Dr. Donia has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dual Language Learning, Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and meaningful inclusion of children in the school setting. She co-authored with Dr. Rhea Paul, Let’s Talk: Navigating Your Child’s Communication Services and Supports for Your Young Child with Autism, published by Brookes (2016), and she is the co-host of the popular podcast, “Let’s talk super special kids and cake”. More recently, she co-authored the Arabic Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (2020) with Iman Mortagy.