HOPE Qatar Centre for Persons with Disabilities marked with students and staff, the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.
With over 35 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the centre organised a series of engaging and educational activities, fostering both learning and enjoyment. Some students were also taken on a shopping excursion as part of the classroom beyond walls programmes. This visit was arranged together with Aster volunteers.
Globally this day serves as a critical reminder of the millions of individuals and families living with ASD. It’s a day to raise awareness, promote acceptance and to celebrate the unique strengths and experiences of autistic people. There are currently about 1,300 children with autism in Qatar, according to a statement from HOPE Qatar.
“The theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2024 is “Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Autistic Individuals share regional perspectives”. This theme goes beyond just raising awareness of autism. It emphasises the importance of moving the conversation forward, from simply understanding autism to creating an environment where autistic people can truly thrive,” said Evans Tutordo, head of academic programme at HOPE Qatar.
“Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental condition that causes difficulties in social communication and interaction. People on the autism spectrum experience the world differently, and these differences can affect how they communicate, behave, learn and process sensory information,” said Yasin Khan, head of therapeutic programme at HOPE Qatar.
“People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviours or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving or paying attention. These characteristics can make life very challenging,” he added.
HOPE Qatar has been organising autism awareness activities for its students over the past eight years. This year’s progress was to reaffirm its commitment to fostering inclusive societies where individuals with ASD can live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their communities. Similar awareness activities are planned during April.
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