Vision & Mission

The Lebanese Autism Society –LAS is a non-governmental organization (registered by official decree No.19/AD dated March 10, 1999). The LAS was founded by parents of and professionals working with Autism. To this date, more than 500 members joined the Association. LAS is a founding member and the coordinator of the Arab Network for Autism (ANA). LAS is also a member of different national and international organizations such as AutismEurope, World Autism Organization, United Nation Global Compact Lebanon (UNGCL).

Our President

Mrs. Aline Karam

My Journey with Autism started in 2006 when I met Arwa who had co-founded LAS and was working to promote awareness about Autism ,which was not very well known in our society at that time, and to give support to the families who had children with Autisim; the cause became very close to my heart and our friendship grew; I joined the Board of LAS and today after Arwa is gone I am continuing what she started and excelled in .


A tribute to our former President Mrs. Arwa Al Amine Halawi 2002-2022

Former President Mrs Arwa Al Amine Halawi 2002-2022

As a mother of a child with Autisim, the diagnosis of her son Abbas was devastating to her; and the lack of support and services for individuals with autism and there families in Lebanon at the time pushed her and some parents in the same situation to start up and NGO, LAS catering for the needs for individuals of Autism and there families. her purpose was mainly to help families with the diagnosis of Autisim and give them the support she didn't have.
Arwa will always be remembered as being the first and most passionate advocate for individuals with Autisim

Our Vision

To enhance the well being of Individuals living with Autism in Lebanon.

Our Mission

The LAS mission is to advocate for the rights of individuals with Autism and to provide them and their families support and services, from early childhood through adulthood.


The LAS focuses on the following areas: 

  • Early diagnosis and intervention emphasizing the development of highly structured, specialized educational programs tailored to the individual needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities.
  • The promotion and support of the social integration of children and teenagers with Autism.
  • Building capacities of professionals and institutions providing services to children with Autism in Lebanon.
  • Spreading public awareness in regards to Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders.