UJ Marks World Autism Awareness Day

In light of the International Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day, the University of Jordan (UJ) Faculty of Educational Sciences in collaboration with the Life Development Center organized on Sunday, April 5, an event to spread awareness and education about autism. Dr. Amal Malkawi, Department of Counseling and Special Education, said the event was created to educate students on how to deal with children with autism, from both a social and psychological perspective. The event incorporated seminar presentation, and video viewing, as well as the distribution of pamphlets on behavioral and daily challenges with children with autism. Dr. Bassam Al Abdallat, a faculty member, said the activity is important since students at the faculty are going to interact with children with autism during their course of study. In November 2007, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. This is the 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day. Each year, organizations around the world celebrate the day by holding awareness-raising events.