As part of the annual autism awareness campaign, which was sponsored earlier this month by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, with the slogan “Towards an Autism-Friendly Community”, Excellence. Hessa Buhumaid, general director of community development in Dubai, witnessed the inauguration of the “Autism Murals” project.
This was done through a lively mural painting event, which was performed by the children of the Dubai Autism Center, in which several government officials were present, the parents of the students participated and a number of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Autism Center.
The ‘Autism Murals’ initiative by the Dubai Autism Center under the supervision of a group of local, Arab and foreign artists, aims to transform the walls of buildings into artistic paintings that spread awareness about autism and reveal talents and creativity. people with autism.
As an expression of support for this initiative, Her Excellency Hessa Buhumaid said that the annual campaign for autism awareness is an important opportunity to increase the community’s needs of people with autism and how to respect and provide those same needs, allowing them opportunities for development. and better integration into society, according to the leader’s vision and direction for a friendly and supportive community for people of determination. She stated that people with autism have many characteristics and exceptional abilities and talents that can express their differences and desires, which gives the project “Autism Murals” a special status, because it gives us the opportunity to listen and share them. we love them in a certain way.
“We are participating in the initiative today in front of a large number of children with autism from the Dubai Early Child Development Center, which is linked to the CDA, in addition to many talented and distinguished people with autism in various fields, together with parents, confirming that they are the best who can effectively carry messages of awareness, and we, as individuals and institutions, will develop ourselves and work methodologies, so that all those who can guarantee their rights to inclusion and empowerment,” Her. Excellence is added.
His Excellency Hala Badri, Director General of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), stated that art is the only language that allows members of the community to communicate with others expressly, saying: “The mission of the arts is no longer limited to aesthetics. just an aspect, but its role is expanded to treatments as it is integrated and approved in different such programs and methods that contribute to the development of people to their creative power.
Badri added: “The project ‘Autism Murals’ launched by the Dubai Autism Center shows the importance of art and its therapeutic role. Such murals are unique in their ability to raise social taste, and the ideas and awareness messages about autism are distinguished. In addition to the psychological and social effects, these murals help distinguish autistic talent to express themselves creatively and imaginatively to our society.
Badri expressed his happiness at the cooperation between Dubai Culture and the Dubai Autism Center, as the authority is supporting the activities of the annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of autism. The project also has the support of the Al Jalila Cultural Center for Children and the Dubai Culture & Heritage Sector, as an awareness partner, the duty of authority to involve its social responsibility, and to contribute to strengthening its humanitarian message and encouraging all community members.
Mohammed Al Emadi, Director General of the Dubai Autism Center said: “Since its establishment, the Dubai Autism Center has sought to increase the community’s awareness of autism by using new educational media. Our new “Autism Mural” initiative aims to nurture the creative skills of children with autism with the help of a volunteer artist. who have combined their skills and tools to participate with leading children with autism.
Al Emadi expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Dubai Community Authority and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority for supporting this project, praising the efforts of the ZeeArts volunteer team, which consists of a group of renowned artists who used their skills and tools. Participate in guiding children with autism.
Al Emadi also praised the distinguished media group “Balsam” from Noor Dubai Radio for their enthusiasm in covering the activities and initiatives of the annual autism awareness campaign, emphasizing the importance of joining the efforts of individuals and community organizations in achieving the goals. of the National Policy for the People of Determination by allowing them in a qualified environment that gives them the opportunity to draw out their strengths and prove their capabilities.
Launched earlier this month, the 17th annual autism awareness campaign aims to highlight the importance of creating an autism-friendly community that facilitates access to public and private services, according to “My Community… a city for all”. an initiative that aims to establish a culture of inclusion among all members of society and the transformation of Dubai into a city that is friendly to people of determination.
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