Support autism awareness with your words, actions and wardrobe
We are all about raising awareness to promote positive changes at Sassy Mama, so you can be sure that we are in full support of World Autism Awareness Day coming up on Saturday, 2 April.
Though we can all agree this city is a fabulous place to live and raise the little ones, even Dubai’s biggest fans (… us, here at Sassy Mama HQ) are the first to admit that it’s not always the most accessible for people with different needs. Whether you are personally affected by autism, have a family member or loved one with special needs, or just advocate the strengths of all abilities, the best time to show your support for awareness is (as, always…) right now.
In support of Autism Trust Foundation, and Dubai Autism Center, registered nonprofit organisations committed to making a difference in the life of individuals with autism, we are spreading the news to raise public awareness… and we’d love for you to do the same! By working to provide the best therapists, and the latest methods and technologies for ASD, these organisations recognise family needs, and are working to make Dubai a more inclusive space.
We know it’ll take a lot more than our best blues, and a dedicated day to make a long-lasting difference, which is why we’re taking this opportunity to showcase our support, AND actively channel a more receptive mindset. Yup, that means we will be making more of an effort to truly consider our own (conscious and unconscious) bias, how we express it through our language and actions, and ultimately, how we can take a more proactive approach towards supporting positive shifts in our community… And whilst we’re at it: let’s take a moment to cheer on all the mamas and papas championing children with autism. Here’s to making Dubai a more inclusive home for you and your family!
Get involved in any (and every) way you like:
1. Dress in blue! Show your support, and encourage others to do the same by the simple act of intentionally wearing blue to raise awareness for ASD.
2. Decorate or light your house/work place in blue (ribbons and balloons, anyone?). Share your pictures and videos on Dubai Autism Center’s social media channels with hashtags #dubaiautism, #autismday, #lightitupblue
3. Make a donation directly to Autism Trust Foundation, Dubai Autism Centre, or any organisation of your choice, that is working to make Dubai a better place!
4. Keep teaching your kids to be open, understanding and compassionate little members of our community. Educating them about the strengths of all abilities raises a stronger (and kinder…) generation.
The United Nations General Assembly has dedicated the day to highlight the need to improve the quality of life for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and as the 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day, we are hoping for the biggest reach yet! Don’t worry, mamas, we get that this day means so much more than just raising awareness: it means breaking down those cultural and social stigmas that are still present in our concrete city… and working together to make sure our little ones are educated, supportive, and inclusive!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly place to spend World Autism Awareness Day, head over to Al Barari (the top event in our weekender) for a day of blue!
For more details about World Autism Awareness Day this Saturday, checkout Autism Speaks.
Show your support, mamas!
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