The National Institute of Mental Health and Office of Autism Research Coordination are pleased to invite you to attend our annual special event to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. We will be hosting a screening of the documentary film As One: The Autism Project, which was commissioned by Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director, Ms. Hana Makki, and Ms. Sharifa Yateem, a behavioral therapist who worked with the children and families featured in the film.

For those who may be viewing the event remotely, please follow the Remote Access instructions below. Image Nation has generously allowed the film to be freely available for viewing via this weblink on the IACC website until August 2017, allowing viewing of the film both before and after the event, and the video of the event will be archived.



6:00 pm ET          Welcome

6:10                        Screening of As One: The Autism Project

7:45                        Panel Discussion


Hana Makki, Co-Director and Producer, As One: The Autism Project

Sharifa Yateem, Consultant Specialist, New England Center for Children in Abu Dhabi

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:15 PM ET

WHERE: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10 (Clinical Center), NIH Main Campus

About the Speakers:

Hana Makki is the Senior Producer of Documentary at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the leading content provider in the Middle East. She oversees a wide range of factual entertainment projects. As One: The Autism Project marked Hana’s first collaboration with the company. Previously Ms. Makki had a career in hospitality in the UK, and switched gears to pursue her passion of film nine years ago.  Ms. Makki returned to the Middle East, where she spent her childhood, and has worked on all aspects of film production, delivering shorts, feature films, and documentaries in the United Arab Emirates.

Sharifa Yateem is a Consultant Specialist at the New England Center for Children in Abu Dhabi. She is the first Emirati Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Ms. Yateem is also the President and Founder of the United Arab Emirates Association for Behavior Analysts – an affiliated international chapter of Association of Behavior Analysis International. Ms. Yateem has become the voice of autism awareness and expertise around the UAE and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). Ms. Yateem earned her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

As One Website:

Remote Access: For those who wish to view this event remotely, it will be webcast at  Remote viewers may watch the welcome at 6:00 and then may access the film via a link to the high definition video at: using the Password: As One. Note: Enter password exactly as stated, including capitals and spaces. Once you have finished viewed the film, please return to the webcast at 7:45 to hear the discussion portion of the program. Image Nation has generously allowed the film to be freely available for viewing via this web link on the IACC website until August 2017, allowing viewing both before and after the event. The event video will be available after the event on the IACC website.

General Information:

  • This event is free and open to all NIH staff and the general public. No prior registration is required. Parking is available at a nominal fee.  A government-issued photo-identification card (e.g., NIH ID or driver’s license) is required to gain entrance to the NIH campus.
  • Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Rebecca Martin (email, or phone 301-435-0886).

For event information and to view the movie trailer, please visit the following link:

Lecture Location:

Lipsett Amphitheater

Building 10 (Clinical Center)

NIH Main Campus

9000 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, Maryland 20892

The Lipsett Amphitheater is located on the first floor of Building 10.

From the North lobby entrance:

Walk through the Atrium, passing Admissions on your right or the Pharmacy on your left, as well as several sets of elevators. Continue straight through the sliding glass doors. The Phlebotomy/EKG area will be directly in front of you. Make a left and continue down the corridor, passing the pediatric clinic on your left. Continue following the hallway as it turns diagonally to the right, then straight for a few feet. After you pass the dental clinic on your right, turn right into Lipsett Amphitheater.

From the South lobby entrance:

Walk down either the hallway to your left or the hallway to your right. When the two hallways converge, you are standing in front of Masur Auditorium. Pass main elevators and turn right onto the North corridor. Walk by Medical Records, and then turn left at the second hallway. Lipsett Amphitheater is straight ahead.