Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the 14th annual autism awareness campaign was launched on April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day. Organised annually by the Dubai Autism Center since 2006, the campaign will highlight the importance of community support to promote social inclusion and integration of individuals with autism.
“The awareness campaign is in line with the Dubai Disability Strategy 2020, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position Dubai as a friendly city for people of determination. We aim to promote the inclusion of people with autism in the community and enable them to engage with their environments as capable individuals,” said Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General and Board Member of Dubai Autism Center.
The Dubai Autism Centre has continuously focused on providing autism rehabilitation services and to raise awareness on the issues of children with autism and their families. The Centre is making a real difference in the lives of people through our year-round activities
Al-Emadi underlined the importance of community support to families of children with autism, adding that they face psychological, social and financial challenges that can be overcome through greater awareness of autism among the public.
Al Emadi thanked the partners and sponsors of the campaign including Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), DP World, Dubai Airports, Dubai Courts, Union Coop, Aswaq, Publinet, Zee Entertainment, Reel Cinemas and Novo Cinemas.
The Campaign includes several presentations across schools and public departments aimed at increasing public awareness and promoting a better understanding about the various challenges related to individuals with autism and how early intervention is important for them.
Committed to making a difference, Dubai Autism Centre, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2001 with the objective of successfully integrating children with autism into the mainstream through focused efforts to create social awareness about Autism. The Centre also works toward facilitating a better community understanding of autism by launching periodical, public and targeted, awareness campaigns.