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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day - Let the Flowers Bloom!

Updated on March 13, 2014

Shafallah, the Caper Flower

Shafallah is the Arabic name for the showy flower of the Caper plants, small shrubs native to the Mediterranean area. Children are our flowers.
Shafallah is the Arabic name for the showy flower of the Caper plants, small shrubs native to the Mediterranean area. Children are our flowers. | Source

One Day Dedicated to Spreading the Word

April 2nd has been designated for a yearly observance of World Autism Awareness Day. When the condition is solved, there will be a celebration instead of and observance. The first observance was held on 4/02/2009.

The United Nations General Assembly has gathered global efforts to promote a higher level of understanding and practice activities regarding autism. Yearly observances include a number of informative lectures and question and answer sessions, briefings, health screenings, musical events, video conferences, art exhibits and a number of other creative and informative offerings. The table of events is administered and facilitated by the UN family of partners.

Children and butterflies are like flowers...
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Qatar Special Needs Programs

In March 2009, a campaign for awareness about autism and for its ultimate defeat by medicine and determination was waged at The Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs in observance of World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism is recognized at Shafallah and by the United Nations generally as not only a brain disorder manifesting in the first three years life, but also one that is becoming our planet's fastest-growing serious developmental disorder.

One estimate is that 67,000,000 people suffer some form of autism along the Autism Spectrum Disorder continuum. On a global scale, the UN feels that it is more common in most nations than infant and childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS all COMBINED. This is a catastrophic illness of worldwide proportions when taken in all of its forms and all of its degrees along the continuum of the disorder.

World Autism Awareness Day helps us to understand how serious the disorder has become and what we can do to help.

Autism interferes with the five senses. Generally, all levels of autism on the spectrum of the disorder interfere with the affected individual’s capacity to understand what he or she sees, hears, touches, and understands. In turn, these individuals can be misunderstood.

How Autism Awareness Can Help

One example of an autism diagnosis was that of our pastor's son, with Asperger's. He was not diagnosed until three years of age, when autism was more understood and attended that when he was born and when doctors became more aware that they should look for it. Growing awareness about autism helped his doctors, educational providers, extended family members, and friends.

The three-year-old child was reported to have an IQ of 140+, but also was reported to be incapable of ever developing the capacities to have any sort of interaction with others, any relationships, or any language development.

Medical opinion is that he should be institutionalized in a facility where he would have been treated just as those that have profound retardation/developmental delay.

However, through the use of additional awareness and knowledge, consistent attention to the boy by the entire extended family and the large church congregation, he improved. In April 2010, this young man graduates from high school with a 4.2 grade point average, accepted to several colleges and universities so that he has to choose the one he wishes to attend.

The last vestige of the syndrome he suffered as a child was the inability to perform an act that required him to use both hands at once when they crossed each other - like tying shoes. In March 2010 after years of patient practice mixed in with the rest of his active life, he conquered that task as well. He tied and untied his shoes all afternoon when he got home from school, sitting on the front steps at home, waiting to show Dad. Perhaps he'll take piano lessons now.

The deeper the mud, the more beautiful the flower.


Ongoing Awareness

Dr. Hatem El Santi is the Director of the Shafallah Medical Genetic Center. He stated on March 24, 2009 to The Peninsula English language newspaper on Qatar,

“Many genetic mutations can cause the problem. Added to this, environmental factors also play a role in this. Interaction between various genes and the environmental factors complicates the study. All the researches are focused on finding a cure for the disability,”

Shafallah Center began the work toward a day for observing the awareness needed to combat and defeat autism spectrum disorders, and the UN picked up the cause officially at the end of 2007.

Shafallah is the Arabic name for the showy flower of the Caper plants, small shrubs native to the Mediterranean area. Children are our flowers. Site contains beautiful children's artwork.

It is our deep faith that God is compassionate and merciful, and mercy is what he bestows upon His subjects. He is generous and beautiful, and beauty is what he gives. That is how we should see the world, beautiful, with all its resources and contents, known to us or unknown.

Please Support Autism Awareness and Spread the Word

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Happily, parents who have been studying autism in their youngsters have spurred new medical research and educational techniques for those who learn differently!

    • peachpurple profile image


      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for letting us know about this special day

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      8 years ago

      we have a child in our family who was diagnosed with qutism at aprox three and a half years of age. he is just over four now. the difficulties he and hes parents and his sister have to overcome are quite intimidating. if it takes a village to raise a child with a normal developmental pattern and time frame, then it feels as though a whole continent needs to support those who have these sorts of challenges to face. i am glad to read about world autism awareeness day as i had not heard of it before.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You;re a blessing to the autistic and all the other children as well, embee77. Have a happy weekend and thanks for commenting.

    • embee77 profile image


      8 years ago

      Oh, I agree on how fascinating it is to see exceptional talents in individuals who have exceptional difficulty in other areas. Sometimes they are dramatic, like the math genius who can't speak in sentences. More often the talents and difficulties show up in less contrast to each other, such as the ability to learn an instrument easily coupled with an obvious lack of social skills. I love working with autistic children whenever I get the chance. They show me all the different mental factors that make up what we think of as being human. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Silver Poet - Thanks for reading. The enhanced abilities are tremendously intriquing in many of these individuals.

    • Silver Poet profile image

      Silver Poet 

      8 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Great hub, interesting topic. Autism is fascinating. Many say it is a disorder, and in some ways it is, but I am also fascinated with the gifts it bestows, such as the above mentioned 140 IQ.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Great waves of productive movement can start in very small places like Qatar. Many are grateful that the UN picked it up and carried on with combined strength. I know what miracles can be worked in some cases of autism and want everyone to know.

    • JenDobson27 profile image


      8 years ago

      Wow, that is really an incredible story. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing. I was not aware that there was a World Autism Awareness Day. I had no idea how many people suffer with autism.

      In the past I have had the privilege of working with a young autistic man. He was an incredible pianist, who could play Beethoven by ear. This was only one of his many talents.

      Awesome job on this hub.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks very much for the kind words. I had to share the story. Surprising what one place in Qatar can get the world to do and what that knowledge can do for people. We are blessed by it! Have a fantastic week.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That is a fantastic hub and story. Thankyou and congratulation for this hub.


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