HOPE Qatar Centre Commemorates World Autism Awareness Day

HOPE Qatar Centre

Doha, The Gulf Observer: HOPE Qatar Centre for Persons with Disabilities recently observed World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd with a series of celebrations involving students and staff. The centre, catering to over 35 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), orchestrated a range of engaging and educational activities within its premises.

Students at HOPE Qatar Centre actively participated in diverse activities aimed at enriching their learning experiences while fostering enjoyment. Moreover, some students embarked on a shopping excursion as part of HOPE’s innovative “classroom beyond walls” program, in collaboration with Aster volunteers.

Globally, World Autism Awareness Day serves as a poignant reminder of the millions of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. It stands as an occasion to raise awareness, advocate for acceptance, and acknowledge the unique strengths and perspectives of autistic individuals. In Qatar alone, there are approximately 1,300 children diagnosed with Autism.

Evans Tutordo, Head of Academic Programme at HOPE Qatar Centre, highlighted the significance of this year’s theme, “Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Autistic Individuals share regional perspectives.” He emphasized the importance of advancing the discourse surrounding autism, shifting from mere awareness to fostering environments where autistic individuals can truly thrive.

Yasin Khan, Head of Therapeutic Programme at HOPE Qatar Centre, elucidated on Autism Spectrum Disorder as a developmental condition that impacts social communication, interaction, and sensory processing. He underscored the challenges faced by individuals with ASD and the importance of understanding and accommodating their unique needs.

HOPE Qatar Centre has been actively engaged in organizing Autism Awareness activities for its students for the past eight years. This year’s commemoration reaffirms HOPE’s dedication to nurturing inclusive societies where individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder can lead fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their communities. The centre has further planned a series of awareness activities throughout April, along with offering a special admission package for children registering during the month of Ramadan.

Through these initiatives, HOPE Qatar Centre continues to champion the rights and well-being of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.