Ambassador of Philippines to the UAE Hjayceelyn Aurora Quintana graced the occasion with other officials.
Shamila Jamaluddin, Staff Reporter
ABU DHABI: In order to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday hosted activities to raise awareness of autism in the UAE as part of their annual CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)programme.
The programme was geared to motivate more parents to come forward if they notice anything different in children as early intervention is key to an affected child’s progress.
Ambassador of Philippines to the UAE Hjayceelyn Aurora Quintana graced the occasion along with Dr Amal Galal Sabry, Director, Emirates Autism Center, and senior management from Line Investments and Property.
World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on April 2 every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the world.
Moreover, aiming to find the best practices to integrate children with autism academically and socially Mushrif Mall had lined up many activities and programmes for parents and their autistic children.
The Mall on Tuesday engaged with the community through hosting different activities such as arts and crafts, game station and live entertainment. There was cake cutting, release of balloons and unveiling of the Mushrif Mall’s new autism event logo.
In addition to the light up in blue activity, the audience was entertained with mascots, children’s activity zone (colouring booth/ face painting), plaque and bouquet presentation, fashion show for special kids (spring collection) and autism talks.
Aravind Ravi Palode, Mushrif Mall Manager said as it is the ‘Year of Tolerance’ we believe in the importance of engaging with people of determination to cultivate greater inclusiveness and togetherness in the UAE. “Educating the public about autism is important as society needs to be more supportive and understanding of the difficulty autistic children face during their daily life.” Wajeb Al Khoury, Director, Line Investments and Property said, “Children with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that the community can never fully appreciate and we hope to raise awareness for the syndrome and ultimately help parents find the missing pieces of the autism puzzle.”
The knowledge and understanding of the Philippines and its people may now be more appreciated and embraced as the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi now has its own Sentro Rizal.
Abu Dhabi University (ADU) celebrated the winners of the fifth edition of the ‘Art for Autism’ competition, an annual contest organized by ADU’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The awards ceremony was held at the University’s main campus in Abu Dhabi on 24 April in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is expecting to seal his legacy against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier on Sept.7 at The Arena, where the two men will contest a title unification bout at UFC 242: KHABIB vs. POIRIER.
The UAE's diplomatic missions around the world are witnessing a significant turnout of voters for the Federal National Council, FNC, Election 2019.
"I would like to say sorry because today is your birthday and your great life partner is with me."
"During our treks we usually take trash bags on our treks but accidentally forgot them, next time will do more. Our citizens need to be educated to enjoy this beautiful county but be responsible tourists," he said.