Nearly 4,000 people come together to walk for Autism in Dubai
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, April 23 - 2012 at 10:35
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Around 4,000 individuals from the UAE community participated in the fourth edition of 'Walk for Autism'. The initiative raised awareness on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through encouraging the community to engage with individuals suffering from the condition and helping them integrate into mainstream society.
Dr Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Healthcare City, said: "The walk serves as a perfect annual initiative to observe the autism month. It allows us to mobilise the support of the community and leading organizations to drive the campaign's objectives across the city of Dubai. Additionally, our primary goal of integrating autistic individuals including children into mainstream society is also achieved, given the fun element and informal setting of the event. Dubai Healthcare City looks forward to continuing its partnership with similar awareness programmes and initiatives."
The walk drew the support of leading UAE-based consumer and healthcare entities such as du, American Hospital and RAK Bank.
Dr Hibah Shata, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Child Early Intervention Centre, said: "Many UAE residents are not aware of autism. We believe it is our role to educate the community and encourage them to support individuals with autism. Events such as 'Walk for Autism' offer support to families of individuals particularly children with autism spectrum disorder. We are grateful to the organizations and healthcare providers who have joined our campaign to underline the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. While it helps spread the message faster, their participation motivates us to relentlessly continue raising awareness on autism."
Mohamed Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, Head of Red Crescent Dubai, said: "Red Crescent Dubai prioritises initiatives such as the 'Walk for Autism' that support children with disabilities especially mental disorders. Autism is among the most prevalent and serious diseases that the society needs to address on a priority basis. An autistic child's family faces a long and arduous challenge. It is essential that we offer our support to rehabilitate and integrate their children into the community."
Walk for Autism 2012 featured health, educational and entertainment activities including performances from Dubai Drums and Dubai Police, an art and craft bazaar, health and safety corner and raffle draws.
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