Child Early Intervention Medical Center in collaboration with Dubai Healthcare City organizes Autism Walk to raise public awareness

Press release
Published April 24th, 2011 - 01:20 GMT
The aim of the walk is to raise awareness and acceptance of children having Autism and help integrate them into society
The aim of the walk is to raise awareness and acceptance of children having Autism and help integrate them into society

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.

Background Information

Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is a free zone committed to creating a health and wellness destination.  

Since its launch in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the free zone has worked towards its vision to become an internationally recognized location of choice for quality healthcare and an integrated center of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research.

Child Early Intervention Medical Center

Child Early Intervention Medical Center, Dubai (CEIMC) is a highly specialized center which focuses on all aspects of child development from birth to 18 years. We offer developmental and psychological assessments, therapy services, special needs support and a variety of programs for children who require early intervention in learning or behavior. Our unique approach emphasizes individualized services for children and families that incorporate the importance of health and wellness, culture, family, language, community and how they contribute to a child’s overall development. We are experts in the field of child development and offer parents, caregivers and professionals within our community the resources and tools they require for successful intervention. Working together, we can help our children become the very best they can be.

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