QF to Host World Autism Awareness Day Event on Saturday

QF to Host World Autism Awareness Day Event on Saturday By A Robin - April 28, 2024
Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) will host its annual Autism Awareness Family Fun Day at Al Shaqab Longines Arena on 27 April, in cooperation with Al Shaqab.

The event, designed to engage all members of the community, aims to raise awareness and foster understanding of autism through a variety of engaging and educational activities, workshops, and games.

Part of a series of events throughout April, it is a collaborative effort coordinated by Qatar Foundation's Pre-University Education, alongside 27 partnering entities including Renad Academy, Awsaj Academy, The Learning Center, and the Ability Friendly Program.

Integration Coordinator at Renad Academy, Lulwa Al Darwish said: "As we mark Autism Awareness Day, let us celebrate the unique talents and abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum. This day is not just about raising awareness but also about fostering a deeper understanding and acceptance in our communities." Al Darwish addressed the need to challenge the stigma and misconceptions surrounding autism, highlighting the valuable contributions that individuals with autism make to society. She spoke about the importance of promoting inclusion and providing the necessary support to help those on the autism spectrum thrive.

"It is essential that we continue to educate ourselves and others about autism, recognizing that every person, regardless of their abilities, has inherent value and deserves respect," she said adding: "Together, let us create a world where individuals with autism are embraced for who they are, where their strengths are celebrated, and where they are afforded every opportunity to shine." For her part, Head of the Equestrian Institute at Al Shaqab Nouf Al Mansoor emphasized the importance of Autism Awareness Day, and noted its significant impact on children and their families. "Today, as we come together to celebrate and honor Autism Awareness Day, we recognize the profound impact it holds for children and their families," she explained.

"It's a day not just to raise awareness, but to challenge the prevailing stigma surrounding autism in society. Raising community awareness about Autism Awareness Day is crucial in building a more inclusive society," she continued. "It's a call to action, urging us all to embrace diversity, dismantle barriers, and champion acceptance, and acknowledge the unique abilities that children on the autism spectrum possess, talents that enrich our communities." Al Mansoor also mentioned that by fostering understanding and acceptance, society can empower individuals on the autism spectrum to fully participate, bringing their valuable perspectives and creativity into the fabric of our community.

This year celebrates the 17th anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day. Proposed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, to the United Nations in 2007, it highlights QF's sustained commitment to promoting acceptance and inclusion within the community. The first World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated on 2 April 2008.


By A Robin - April 28, 2024

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