To encourage and highlight the need of raising awareness about people living with autistic spectrum disorders including autism and Asperger syndrome, Autism Day is observed on April 2, worldwide.
The day is recognised internationally and celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day every year. Following the importance of the day, a new initiative has been launched in Abu Dhabi that will see Yas Mall and commercial centres go silent to promote inclusivity.
The mall will implement having a quiet space to help people with autism and other sensory disorders. The initiative will take place on the first Monday of each month, starting from April 5.
On the occasion of #WorldAutismDay we celebrate in cooperation with @yasmallad of the @AldarTweets Department, the launch of the #QuietHour initiative & #QuietRoom in #Yas_mall for autism & their families to enjoy a different shopping experience for mothers of autistic children. pic.twitter.com/lJYOHW68y2
— Zayed Higher Organization مؤسّسة زايد العُليا (@zhoCare) April 3, 2021
Every Monday for the month of April from 11 AM to 12 PM, sensory-controlled shopping experiences will take place that will reduce the brightness of light in the malls, music cancelled and odours from perfume and incense stores will be limited. There will be no advertisements, except for emergencies. There would be restricted store activities at some places too.
Sharing the news on Twitter, the Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination wrote, “@yasmallad of the @AldarTweets Department, the launch of the #QuietHour initiative & #QuietRoom in #Yas_mall for autism & their families to enjoy a different shopping experience for mothers of autistic children.
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