Dubai: The Dubai Autism Centre started its 17th annual autism awareness campaign under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Crown Prince.
Since 2006, the Dubai Autism Centre has run this annual effort, kicking it off on World Autism Awareness Day each year. The annual campaign aims to spread knowledge about autism and encourage the social inclusion of people with autism. It comprises a variety of initiatives like free diagnostic tests, workshops, seminars, and events in addition to the blue lighting of major Dubai landmarks to demonstrate support for the cause.
Through art exhibitions and auctions, the initiative aims to highlight the creative talents of kids with autism. The money raised will be used to assist the Dubai Autism Centre’s services for people with autism. The chairman of the Dubai Autism Centre, Mr. Hisham Abdullah Al Qassim, thanked the crown prince of Dubai for supporting the annual autism awareness campaign.
Art workshops will be held as part of the effort to highlight the artistic talents of kids with autism. The Dubai Autism Centre will host these workshops in association with Zee Arts Community, a group of excellent painters from all over the world who will impart their drawing techniques to the centre’s children. The goal is to display the students’ artwork at a charitable auction, with the money raised going towards funding the programmes for kids with autism.
To increase public awareness and foster a better understanding of the various challenges faced by people with autism, the campaign will also include a series of awareness webinars in schools and public institutions, emphasising the significance of community support and understanding in achieving inclusion.