Wish to participate in World Autism Awareness Day

The activities will include education for parents and the general public as well as targeted training for healthcare professionals. More than 44 resource partners will be on hand to provide information on available services, in addition to activities for children and entertainment for the whole family.

Besides being a support group for the more than 300 children and families living with autism in Guam, the Autism Community Together (ACT) organization's mission is to promote a family, education and community partnership that is accepted and respected as beneficial for everyone - the child, the family and the schools - in order to ensure successful supported education and community awareness and participation.

It was just 9 years back when United Nations had declared April 2nd as the Autism Awareness Day and in honor to mark this day various famous landmarks/monuments including Empire State Building in New York City, Effiel Tower in Paris and many more have been lit up with blue lights. Additional events will be organised by Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, Sidra Medical and Research Center, World Health Innovation Summit (WISH), Qatar Autism Families Association, Nomas Center under the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Renad Academy, Qatar Institute for Speech and Hearing (QISH), Ontario Center for Special Education, Step by Step Centre for special Needs, and Mind Institute.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) will be lit in blue to commemorate the day on Saturday, while the Bandra Worli Sea Link will go blue on Sunday evening. In support of Autism Month, the bank's employees will wear blue on April 5. Building on our WISH 2016 policy report on autism, we continue to honor that commitment through projects and programs both in Qatar and overseas. According to Autism Speaks, one in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Join us to support Autism Awareness Day this weekend.

  • Joanne Flowers