Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the world affecting 1 in 91 children born today. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.
To celebrate the month of April, which is autism awareness month, Dubai Healthcare City in collaboration with the Child Early Intervention Medical Center will be organizing a walk for Autism at Zabeel Park on Wednesday, April 30th 2011, at 5.00 pm. This cause will support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.
Hundreds of children and families are expected to participate in the walk this year. The children would be entertained by Dubai Drums. Other activities would include face painting, bouncy castles, coloring activities, painting exhibition, magic show, balloons, clowns, refreshments, an art and craft bazaars.
There will also be a health and safety area where children and adults can avail general health and dental check-ups by qualified medical and dental professionals. A road and safety campaign will also be organized by RTA demonstrating various safety measures to children.
Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director of the Sciences Cluster at TECOM Investments, said: “We are proud to be a part of this thoughtful initiative and look forward to supporting further charity-driven events that seek to improve the well-being of our society. DHCC is committed to raising awareness on autism through its centers that cater to children with Autism as a part of its mission to bring quality care close to home.”
“The aim of the walk is to raise awareness and acceptance of these children and help integrate them into society through participation of different activities,” said Dr. Hibah Shata, the Managing Director of Child Early Intervention Medical Center.
This year Emirates Bank, Samsung Medical Center-Index holdings ,Communicrafts events LLC, Byrne Equipment Rental LLC,Dubai Dolphinarium are the Gold Sponsors for the “Walk for Autism”. American Hospital, Dr. Nicolas and Asp, Park Regis Kris Kin hotel, Deah Hydraulics LLC , Abela and Co.are the Silver sponsors for the initiative.“It is important to get the children integrated into the community and participate with their peers” said a parent of a 6 year old child with autism.