Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) wrapped up Autism Awareness Month with an emphasis on community engagement and outreach across Qatar.

Throughout April QBRI reaffirmed its commitment to raising awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through different types of activities. These included collaboration with state schools and Qatar Foundation entities to raise awareness among different age groups.

QBRI collaborated with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and visited Abdullah Bin Turky Primary School, where research staff conducted an interactive educational session on ASD for students and teachers. The session introduced participants to the complexities of ASD and was followed by an interactive quiz to foster empathy and understanding among the students. The positive feedback from the school confirms the effectiveness of these initiatives in promoting understanding and inclusivity.

QBRI also participated in the "Celebrate Autism Awareness Day at Al-Shaqab.” Co-organised by Renad Academy and Al Shaqab, the event featured a variety of community partners dedicated to ASD support services, as well as activities specifically designed to provide an inclusive and enriching experience for all attendees. QBRI’s booth attracted numerous families and professionals and provided opportunities to highlight its ongoing ASD research and supporting activities.

Further activities included a seminar on disseminating knowledge and a social media campaign. QBRI also published an article around the theme of this year's World Autism Awareness Month, "From Surviving to Thriving."

Dr Omar Albagha, acting executive director, QBRI, remarked: “Our Autism Awareness Month initiatives underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in raising awareness, fostering acceptance, and advancing research in ASD. By engaging with the community, educational institutions, and other stakeholders, QBRI remains steadfast in its commitment to making meaningful contributions towards enhancing the quality of life of individuals with autism and their families in Qatar and beyond.”
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