Bridging the Gap between the UK and the Kurdistan Region on Autism Research and Awareness

02 March 2020


Committee Room 11, House of Commons

Join the Centre for Kurdish Progress for a discussion on the ways we can strengthen British-Kurdish relations and increase cooperation in bridging the gap in the medical field, focusing on the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects people’s perception of the world and their interaction with it. People with autism are on a spectrum, which means while they share some difficulties, they are all affected individually in their own way.

To date, there are over 3,000 people diagnosed as autistic in the Kurdistan Region and in the United Kingdom, there are 700,000 people on the autism spectrum. The United Kingdom is one of the leading countries on autism research, and can substantially aid the Kurdistan Region’s progress in this field.

We hope to highlight the benefits of coordinating between the UK and Kurdistan Region on autism research, as well as the barriers facing Kurdish families, stigma associated with ASD and the methodology needed to be adopted.

As part of our project, Hope Autism Society, we will be holding regular workshops and support groups for parents both in the UK and Kurdistan Region.


Dr. Ava Doski
Ruwayda Mustafah
Dr. Kazhaw Rashid
Fresha Raper


Dr. Ava is a clinical psychologist and has worked in a variety of NHS social care and mental health settings.

She has extensive experience working with those diagnosed to be on the autistic spectrum and their families, and undertaking psychological assessment, formulation, intervention that is integrative, evidence-based and guided by each individual's specific experience of autism.

Ruwayda Mustafah is a law graduate from Kingston University London, and has a Master's with commendation in political communication, advocacy and campaigning. She is currently a PhD candidate in international politics.

She is a political strategist and campaign communicator, and actively works to strengthen British-Kurdish relations

Dr. Kazhaw is a medical doctor with a Master’s degree in advanced pediatrics and child mental health at King’s College London.

Kazhaw has received Pediatrics training in Spain as well as training in neuroscience at Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College of Virginia through participation in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP).

Fresha Raper is a senior education consultant based in the United Kingdom. She has masters in education policy from Kings College London University. For the past 30+ years she has been teaching in the United Kingdom, and has successfully established four international schools in the Kurdistan Region. Freshta has over thirty years of experience in teaching, and has held senior leadership posts in the U.K.  


March 02, 2020 at 7pm - 9pm


Committee Room 11, House of Commons

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