Photos: UAE landmarks light up in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day
Published on April 3, 2020 at 08.10
UAE landmarks were illuminated in blue on Thursday night to mark the World Autism Awareness Day.
Dubai Media Office and Abu Dhabi Government Media Office posted photographs on Twitter of the iconic landmarks in the UAE in bright blue colour.
The Ministry of Community Development is keeping pace with World Autism Awareness Day under the theme “From Transition to Adulthood” with a series of innovative initiatives and events targeting children with autism, families and parents, autism centres, and all members of the community continuing throughout April to promote sustainable awareness.
The ministry’s activities adopt the celebration of the United Nations this year 2020, to focus on issues that are related to the transition of autism children to adulthood.
They emphasise the importance of participation in youth culture, community self-determination, the process of decision making, access to higher education and employment opportunities, and independent living.
Autism refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behavior, communication and language, which begin in childhood, usually during the first five years of life, according to the World Health Organization.
World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on April 2 every year, encouraging UN member states to take measures to raise awareness about people with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger syndrome throughout the world.