Donia Fahim is Co-founder and Director of Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc. She is a speech and language pathologist and educational consultant trained in applied behavioral analysis and sensory integration. Donia specializes in program planning and implementation of developmentally based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), focusing on cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Donia is a Global Master Trainer with UNICEF for early childhood in emergenices. She has worked globally (Africa, Middle East and Europe), providing consultations, intervention, professional development training, parent training and service development to non-governmental organizations, schools, and government bodies.
Donia obtained her B.Sc., M.A and Ph.D. from the University of London. She is a certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She worked for several years in London as a speech and language therapist and then worked in Egypt for 10 years as the Clinical Director and founding member of The Egyptian Society for Developing Skills of Special Needs Children. Donia was also head of the Speech and Language Therapy Department and the Clinical Director and founder of the Early Intervention Program at the Learning Resource Centre in Cairo.
In 2008 Donia moved to New York where she was an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Special Education program at Hunter College and a Speech and Language Pathology Consultant for the ASD Nest Program at New York University Steinhardt.