ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, has given a financial donation and actively participated in the local commemoration of “World Autism Awareness Day” on April 2, 2009.
The University joined in several activities to mark the global event, topmost of which was a walk on the Abu Dhabi Corniche organized by Abilities Development Centre for Handicapped, held on World Autism Awareness Day itself. ALHOSN sent students to the walk in response to a special invitation from the Centre. All World Autism Awareness Day events are managed under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Khalid Al Nahyan.
“This donation is our small contribution to the commendable activities of autism organizations around the world. We share the desire to help those who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and hampered by this affliction. We hope that through this gesture, we can inspire compassion from the educational, business, and general community. We would also like to voice our support for local, regional and international organizations who tirelessly advocate the rights and welfare of people with autism,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO of ALHOSN University.
Abilities Development Centre for Handicapped will also hold other related activities and competitions for both schools and the public, such as face painting and free meals, from April 4 to April 11, 2009 at Al Wahda Mall. Special awareness lectures will be conducted from April 6 to 9, 2009 at Gulf Buds School, Al Bateen Scientific Private School, and Emirates Private School in Bani Yas. A lecture for relatives of autistic persons will also be held at the Dolabex Café.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” on December 18, 2007, to bring more global attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions of people. The UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all UN Member States to adopt measures to increase awareness about autism throughout society and to promote early diagnosis and early intervention. It also expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children throughout the world and the consequent developmental challenges this poses.