It’s not every day that we see people treating Autism in Egypt with respect and inclusion. However, The Egyptian Autistic Society is raising awareness on how to accept and include children with autism in our lives. We tend to forget that people on the autism spectrum have hopes and dreams and want to be part of our lives, too.
As part of the Autism campaign 2020 by The Egyptian Autistic Society, The Face of Autism encourages these children to pursue their dreams by giving them opportunities such as learning how to work in a cafe and the tasks of a barista, or even visiting celebrities and watching them do their magic. This is an attempt to give them a voice and have them be part of the society that has always excluded them.
In the following video, we see these young teens being trained to do the simple tasks of a barista in the hopes of learning real-life skills for the future that they can use and implement.
The event allows these children to experience different activities in an attempt to accept and include them. From meeting different celebrities and interviewing them to pursuing their dreams, these kids face different challenges but are thrilled to be part of the lives they are used to be distanced from.
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In this heartwarming video, Egyptian actress Laila Elwi was interviewed by 18-year-old Abdelrahman Osama and 17-year-old Yassin Khaled who have dreams of becoming news anchors. Elwi allows them to practice their skills on her and give them the opportunity to accomplish part of their dream.
Elwi visited The Egyptian Autistic Society and spent the day reading stories with the kids in an attempt to raise awareness on inclusion and acceptance.
The timeline of the event includes many different activities that allow these children to experience different aspects of life and also force the rest of the world to take part in their lives and include them whenever possible. Simply inspiring and the definition of raising awareness and inclusion.
Further reading: An Egyptian Nursery Said My Son Is Autistic and This Is My Story.