Qatar Foundation to host Autism Awareness Day events at Al Shaqab

Qatar Foundation to host Autism Awareness Day events at Al Shaqab

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By QLNews

Qatar Foundation (QF) is all set to host its annual Autism Awareness Family Fun Day at the Al Shaqab Longines Arena on Saturday.

A statement said the event, which is being held in cooperation with Al Shaqab, aims to raise awareness and foster understanding of autism through a variety of engaging and educational activities, workshops, and games.

It is part of a series of events collaboratively held by QF’s Pre-University Education, alongside 27 partnering entities, throughout April. Some of the partners include Renad Academy, Awsaj Academy, The Learning Center, and the Ability Friendly Programme.

“As we mark Autism Awareness Day, let’s celebrate the unique talents and abilities of individuals on the autism spectrum. This day isn’t just about raising awareness, but also fostering a deeper understanding and acceptance in our communities,” said Renad Academy’s integration coordinator Lulwa Al Darwish.

She addressed the need to challenge the stigma and misconceptions surrounding autism, highlighting the valuable contributions that individuals with autism make to society.

She spoke about the importance of promoting inclusion and providing necessary support to help those on the autism spectrum thrive.

“It’s essential that we continue to educate ourselves and others about autism, recognizing that every person, regardless of their abilities, has inherent value and deserves respect,” she said.

“Together, let’s create a world where individuals with autism are embraced for who they’re, their strengths celebrated, and they’re afforded every opportunity to shine.”

Nouf Al Mansoor, head of Equestrian Institute at Al Shaqab, emphasised the importance of Autism Awareness Day, and noted its significant impact on children and their families.

“As we come together to celebrate and honour Autism Awareness Day, we recognise the profound impact it holds for children and their families. It isn’t just a day to raise awareness, but also challenge the prevailing stigma surrounding autism in society. Raising community awareness about Autism Awareness Day is crucial in building a more inclusive society,” she said.

“It’s a call to action, urging us all to embrace diversity, dismantle barriers, champion acceptance, and acknowledge the unique abilities that children on the autism spectrum possess, talents that enrich our communities,” she added.

Al Mansoor, remarking on the importance of educating the public about autism, discussed how initiatives like Al Shaqab’s Equine Assisted Therapy demonstrated the transformative power of support and inclusion.

“By providing innovative avenues for communication and growth, programmes like these pave the way for individuals with autism to thrive and fulfil their potential.”

This year celebrates the 17th anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day. Proposed by QF Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser to the United Nations in 2007, it highlights QF’s sustained commitment to promoting acceptance and inclusion within the community.

The first World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated on April 2, 2008.

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