In support of the World Autism Day

2 Apr, '08

April 2nd was declared by the UN to be the World Autism DayOn 18th December 2007, United Nations General Assembly has designated 2nd April as World Autism day.

Like a lot of people, I don’t know much about autism. I did come in contact with several children and young adults who suffer from autism during the recent Earth Day Art Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Adliya who are no strangers to autism causes; they have worked very hard at establishes both Al-Rashad and Al-Wafa Centres for Autism in Bahrain.

However, as far as my personal experience goes, I will never forget one single incident for the rest of my life I think; this was when I tried to help Othman, a young adult who participated at the competition and was accompanied by his mother. His mother was quite frustrated because at the table he was sharing with other “able” children who were just inconsiderately staring at him, they too probably didn’t know much about autism. This, she told me, sent Othman back into his own world. His mother was ready to walk out.

I prevailed upon her to allow me to take them to another table which will ensure that they will be alone, and that Othman can continue to paint his wonderful frog, which he expertly copied from a drawing and was proceeding to paint. She agreed and I moved the material to the new location and helped Othman to get comfortable by just talking to him. I was really surprised when he just put his arms around me and kissed me on the cheek! That was a complete – and nice – surprise! I guess he took to me. But regardless of what prompted it, this made my whole day.

Othman did finish his painting and it will be available for auction at the club (and hopefully the website) soon. Guess who’s bidding for it!

Did you know:

  • Autism affects as many as 1 in 150 children and 1 in 94 boys
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer, & AIDS combined
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improve outcomes
  • Autism does not discriminate by geography, class, or ethnicity

Spare a thought to those who suffer from autism, and lend a hand if you could. We have two centres in Bahrain who need your help [translate].

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  1. lorena says:

    Oh Mahmood (hugs) i know what is like to be near some one who has Autism.. When i was single I go on my day off to one of the clinics for kids with Autism to help and give them some love.. is very sad how many parents just leave them in there, i dont blame any one it must be hard to eal with a child with this. My nefew has Autism , those kids are very lovely and charming.. they love and they really enjoy being around persons who give them some love!.. Im proud of you again my friend!.. Now they are descarting the idea of the Autism come from vaccinations , but many of the kids like my nephiew got sick after the shot .. has no cure.. and is hard for must of the families … have a good day !! Im still missing Bahrain!!

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