Under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai
Dubai Autism Center to launch its 15th autism awareness campaign on 2 April
Month-long campaign to kick off on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day
Campaign aims to increase public understanding of autism and promote community acceptance
Initiative to feature various events and activities throughout the month of April
Free consultation sessions to be provided to children suspected of having autism
Dubai landmarks to light up in blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day
Government of Dubai Media Office – 31 March 2021: The Dubai Autism Center today announced that its 15th annual autism awareness campaign will be launched on 2 April on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, under the patronage of the Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The month-long campaign aims to increase public understanding of autism, highlight the plight of families affected by autism, as well as promote community acceptance of children with the condition. The annual drive, which will feature various events and activities, is being supported by the public and private sectors and members of the community.
In line with our leadership’s vision to transform Dubai into a friendly city for People of Determination, the Dubai Autism Center will kick off the campaign to highlight the importance of community support and their positive perception towards individuals with autism.
Emadi said: “In line with our leadership’s vision to transform Dubai into a friendly city for People of Determination, the Dubai Autism Center will kick off the campaign to highlight the importance of community support and their positive perception towards individuals with autism. The initiative seeks to promote acceptance of children with autism and create a better understanding of the characteristics of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which usually affects three primary areas: speech and communication, social interaction and behavior.”
Al Emadi said that the campaign aims to deliver a message on the need to strengthen efforts to achieve social inclusion of individuals with autism and provide a supportive environment that meets their needs. The same level of efforts exerted to integrate people with different disabilities must be applied to achieve inclusion of those with autism, he noted.
Al Emadi said understanding the difficulties autistic children face is key to improving their lives and minimising the challenges their families undergo. This year, the campaign is being heavily promoted through the media and various digital platforms, he added, noting that more than 2,500 screens have been dedicated to display the campaign advertisement in the UAE.
Al Emadi praised the community’s response to the campaign and the support it drew from individuals, government entities and private companies. He also thanked the campaign’s partners and sponsors including Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA); Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Dubai Holding, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Union Coop; Dubai Duty Free; Dubai World Trade Center; Wasl Asset Management Group; Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation; Arabian Radio Network (ARN); Dubai Investments Company; Emirates Rawabi; GET Group; LOAMS; MBC Hope; Zee Entertainment; ITP Publishing; VOX Cinemas; Novo Cinemas; and Hypermedia Advertising Company.
DEWA is keen to support the annual autism awareness campaign to sustain efforts aimed at increasing social awareness about autism.
Al Tayer said: “As a socially responsible government organisation, DEWA is working to achieve the vision of the wise leadership to include and empower people of determination in society. DEWA is keen to support the annual autism awareness campaign to sustain efforts aimed at increasing social awareness about autism. This is in line with the National Policy For Empowering People of Determination, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to create an inclusive society that ensures empowerment and a decent life for people of determination and their families. It is also in line with the ‘My Community… a City for Everyone’ initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a city that is friendly for people of determination.”
“DEWA’s social initiatives are integral to make Dubai an inclusive and unified society that embraces common civic values. DEWA implements social partnerships to achieve its strategic goals of including people of determination and making them happy. From 2015 to 2020, DEWA has implemented 58 social programmes and initiatives to support the inclusion and empowerment of people of determination, while the community’s happiness over DEWA’s role in supporting people of determination reached 94% in 2020,” Al Tayer added.
We are committed to supporting the community’s health and wellbeing and believe it is of vital importance to continue efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance and ignite change to achieve social inclusion.
“We are proud to continue supporting the Dubai Autism Center and contributing to their noble mission. There is still an urgent need globally for more research on children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ways in which they can be supported to reach their full potential. We are committed to supporting the community’s health and wellbeing and believe it is of vital importance to continue efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance and ignite change to achieve social inclusion.
“As part of our efforts to support this mission, we will be lighting up many communities and destinations belonging to Dubai Holding and hosting a range of engagement activities. Additionally, we will work to raise awareness among the community and promoting an understanding on the unique perspectives of those living with ASD,” Al Malik added.
Despite an increasing awareness of the autism spectrum disorder, many parents are hesitant to request an early diagnosis for their children. This is why it is important to launch initiatives that both raise awareness about the need for timely diagnosis and facilitate comprehensive care for children with autism.
On this occasion, the Dubai Autism Center also announced free consultation sessions for children suspected of having autism. Appointments can be booked through the Center throughout April 2021.
The campaign will feature several awareness webinars organised in schools and public departments to sensitise people about the importance of social inclusion and the challenges facing individuals with autism.
Landmarks around the globe will light up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April. As has been the practice every year, a number of government and private institutions in Dubai will participate in the campaign by lighting up their buildings in blue. The Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Frame, Tolerance Bridge, Dubai Water Canal Waterfall and Global Village, are among the landmarks that will also glow blue to observe the occasion.