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Seventh annual awareness campaign on autism kicks off

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, April 03 - 2013 @ 11:38

The campaign is organized by the Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) throughout the month, includes events aimed at increasing public awareness and promoting a better understanding about autism and its impact on families.

Each year, the campaign has a different issue to highlight on autism. This year, the campaign will focus on the special talents of individuals with autism and how discovering the specific learning styles and the strength of each individual can release their potentials.

Activities will be conducted in malls and seminars will be held at social clubs, parents’ associations and institutions to share knowledge. Experts will be providing answers to queries by the community.

Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General and Board Member of DAC said: “We have to understand the nature of autism, and know that each individual with autism has a talent.”

Al Emadi also thanked the campaign’s sponsors: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Canon, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Lacnor, Apparel group, MBC group, Mindshare, Wasl Properties, and both Enoc and Eppco.

Dubai Autism Center is a non-profit organization launched in 2001 with the main objective is to successfully integrate children with Autism into the community with focused efforts to create social awareness about Autism.

Today, 43 students are provided with a holistic individualized intervention program that includes academics and various therapies – behavioural, speech, occupational, music and play as well as professional medical care. In addition to the intervention program the Center has an internationally acknowledged assessment and diagnosis unit.

The Centre also works toward facilitating a better community understanding of Autism by launching periodical, public and targeted, awareness campaigns. The major awareness campaign is launched annually on the 2nd of April and lasts for the full month. The campaign is supported by TV, radio, outdoors, and press advertising as well as talk shows and several crowd pulling and interest generating activities.
DAC is currently in the process of constructing a purpose built property located in Garhoud, designed to cater to the growing need and demand on our services.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that lasts throughout a person’s life; it affects the person’s verbal and non verbal communications as well as imaginative play and social skills. ASD transcends social, cultural and geographic boundaries. . According to recent studies, 1 out of every 88 children is affected by ASD.

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