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Healthcare | Thursday 8 January, 2015 11:50 am |

Walking for a Cause

- ‘A Walk for a Walk’ campaign to be held in Fujairah to support the Emirates Walk for Autism

Ad Fusion Media FZE and My Clinic Magazine, in collaboration with Dr. Nahida Abdulla Abdulkadir Nasseri, founder of ‘The Emirates Walk For Autism’ and Al Sharq Hospital, will be organizing ‘A WALK for a WALK’ event in February to raise awareness for the 7th Annual Autism walk, scheduled for April 2015 in Dubai.
The National Autism Awareness campaigns are held globally during the month of April. The Emirates Walk for Autism first took place in April 2009, initiated by Dr. Nahida Abdulla Abdulkadir Nasseri and supported by Emirates Red Crescent to help fund research and more importantly to educate the public about Autism.
According to Dr. Nahida, “Autism puts immense financial and emotional strain on affected families. We hope that every little bit we do helps the families become more aware of autism and learn ways to cope through assistance provided by specialist schools and medical professionals.”
“We believe all children have the right to learn, achieve and participate fully in education and in the wider community regardless of their abilities and behaviors’. Our aim is to raise awareness about Autism to the public and work together to address their needs given that one in 10 families in UAE are affected by Autism, Adds Dr. Nahida.

Dr. Ali Ahmed Banihamour, Founder & CEO of My Clinic magazine hopes more organisations include Autism awareness into their CSR programmes and help fund research that can enhance therapies and help children get placement in the right schools with the right support instead of being forced to attend mainstream schools.

‘A walk for a Walk’ campaign will be supported by the Famous Legendary Pop Artist Peter Marco from New York who will be hosting an ART learning experience with Children represented by the Ministry of Education in Fujairah.
Aisha Yousef, Editor of My Clinic and En Route Middle East, initiated the event in Fujairah after a chance meeting with Dr. Nahida. Her objective is to encourage people to be more supportive and understanding of the difficulty autistic children face when their routine or environment is changed.

The Fujairah ‘A Walk for a Walk’ event will take place on the 20th of February in the Fujairah Corniche area.
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