Doha, – The autism awareness month campaign, organized by the Ministry of Public Health in cooperation with various partner organizations in the country, began this Saturday and will continue throughout April.

HE Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari highlighted the importance of increasing public education about autism spectrum disorder, noting that such awareness events provide important opportunities that contribute towards public education and understanding. The Ministry of Public Health collaborates closely with all concerned authorities in Qatar to develop services for people living with autism.

“It is important to intensify our collective efforts to fully support people with autism so that they can be integrated into society and participate with their peers in school activities, recreation, and work, according to their abilities,” HE the Minister said.

For her part, the Managing Director of the Primary Health Care Corporation Dr Mariam Abdul Malik said that the corporation was part of the national campaign “not only raise awareness of autism” but to become part of a “movement toward acceptance and appreciation.” She added that this month will be an opportunity to embrace a new perspective, to promote autism awareness and acceptance.

“We want to encourage our citizens to utilize our early screening services across primary health centers, and our teams are there to ensure inclusion in our communities that result in true appreciation of the unique facets of all,” she added.

The activities of today’s events included various awareness and recreational activities for families. Some events also include free screening for children, various presentations, and educational and awareness lectures, designed to highlight what autism spectrum disorder is and how it affects individuals with the condition and their families. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency