Autism awareness raised through walk

2017-04-12 06:02
 Photo: suppliedLeading the autism awareness walk is Leston Nulliah (front). Second row (left) Annie Bhogal, Gerissa Santhia, Damini Raghubir and Annie Moodley with other walkers.

Photo: suppliedLeading the autism awareness walk is Leston Nulliah (front). Second row (left) Annie Bhogal, Gerissa Santhia, Damini Raghubir and Annie Moodley with other walkers.

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AN awareness walk was held in the People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, April 1 to raise awareness on autism.

North Coast based Imbalito Hope College and Connect Special Needs and Autism Joint Forum hosted the event.

The professionals, families, friends and the public came together in hundreds to advocate for the plight of autism and show their support for autism awareness dressed in blue as part of the international light it up blue campaign for autism awareness.

After the walk, a delightful picnic in the park was held and the day ended with a fashion show with models dressed in blue by Simply Models.

Nirasha Dhaniram, a psychologist and director of Connect Special Needs and Autism and Imbalito Hope College shared a message of hope for autism and said the community must stand together to bring the quality education for the children, quality treatment and quality living in autism.

Last year the Minister of Basic of Education, Angie Motshekga attended the Connect function at Moses Mabhida Stadium for autism awareness and promised to further prioritise autism on the national agenda.

Dhaniram said in the statement: “The United Nations declared April 2, as World Autism Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with Autism. This campaign is part of the international Light it Up Blue Campaign of Autism Speaks which runs on the April 2, each year.

“April is now known as Autism month internationally. We hosted the event on April 1, as it coincides with the weekend for world autism awareness. This year marks the eight annual “light it up blue” autism awareness campaign where more than 3 000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 50 countries on six continents turn their lights blue for world autism awareness. We need to do more so that society as a whole gets to know more about Autism and how we can act now to improve the lives of those with autism and their families. We are very grateful to our community partners for their ongoing support and getting the message out there.”

Connect Special Needs and Autism Joint Forum has held similar awareness campaigns at King Shaka International Airport, Ballito Lifestyle Centre and Netcare Alberlito Hospital.

Connect Special Needs and Autism Joint Forum of Imbalito Hope College have been at the forefront of raising awareness for autism over the past 12 years. - Supplied.



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