Activities of 1st Conference for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Aden launched with funding from ERC

ADEN, The 1st Conference for Autism Spectrum Disorders, organised by the Aden Children’s Association for Autism, were launched today in Aden with funding from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, under the theme “Towards a Promising Tomorrow.”

Sixty-nine people representing the health, education, social affairs and labour sectors, and a number of civil society organisations in Aden, are participating in the conference, which is held under the patronage of the Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.

In a speech, during the launch of the conference, which was attended by representatives of the ERC team, Essam Wadi, Representative of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour in Aden, praised the generous support of the UAE through its humanitarian arm, the ERC, for all of the activities of the Autism Association and the other humanitarian relief operations it offers to the Yemeni people.

Abeer Al Youssefi, President of the Aden’s Children Association for Autism, in her speech, praised the generous support offered by the “Mother of the UAE” H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), through the ERC, as well as all of the association’s activities. She also expressed her appreciation for the humanitarian stance of the UAE and its leadership, which continuously supports the Yemeni people and stands by them to help them overcome their ordeal.

The conference, which relies on three factors: medical, educational and behavioural-social components, aims to offer local expertise in the fields of autism to contribute to developing programmes and services for autistic children. This is in line with modern international directives in the programmes and services for treating, educating, rehabilitating and empowering autistic children, and training them, in addition to exchanging expertise, developing the information base and encouraging constructive communication between the workers in this field.

The conference began with a film about the ERC’s activities in Aden. It showed many of the humanitarian and social projects carried out by the ERC’s team in the governorates of Aden, Lahej, Dhala, Taiz, and Abyan. They also screened a documentary entitled, “How We Were and How We Have Become,” which demonstrated the stages of building and rehabilitating the association and the generous support of the ERC to the Aden Children’s Association for Autism in Aden.

Source: Emirates News Agency