Sat 01-04-2017 13:26 PM

NYU Abu Dhabi turns blue for Autism Awareness Month

ABU DHABI, 1st April, 2017 (WAM) -- New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has become a part of the global #LightItUpBlue Initiative for the third consecutive year as part of the University’s month-long campaign to raise awareness about autism.

The dome of the University’s campus will be lit blue throughout the month of April in a show of support for Autism Awareness Month.

As part of this campaign, NYUAD will also host the screening of the documentary film As One* on April 18. The film, produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, tells the story of a group of autistic children from diverse backgrounds in the UAE who are part of The Autism Project, an initiative by H.H. Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to raise awareness of autism in the country.

The film reaches out to the wider community and spreads awareness about the condition with the aim to help facilitate a more conducive social environment for those with autism.

In addition, the University will host the third annual Autism Education Conference* on April 29. The conference will gather families touched by autism, leading professionals in the field, special educators and volunteers who work closely with the local autism community to strengthen the network and enable further collaboration for the cause.

NYUAD Associate Director of Community Outreach Suparna Mathur, said, "It has been so powerful and rewarding to see a growing community join us at NYU Abu Dhabi each year to show their collective support for families affected by autism. We are grateful to our community-based partners who empower us to lead meaningfully to give back and play our part in working towards a more socially inclusive society."