Alwaleed Philanthropies marks World Autism Awareness Day
RIYADH, April 5: Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, announced lighting up the iconic Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in blue on April 2nd 2017 to support the 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day.
This was done as part of Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue (LIUB) initiative, which was launched in 2010 with the goal of bringing the world’s attention to this developmental disability. Every year more than 13,000 buildings and landmarks in over 45 countries shine a blue light to raise awareness of the millions of people affected by autism.
World Autism Awareness Day, observed on the 2nd of April of every year, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 and marks the start of Autism Awareness Month, a global effort to highlight the impact of this condition on millions of people around the world. “The purpose of lighting the Kingdom Tower in blue is to raise awareness amongst Saudi citizens on the importance of being informed on global health issues, as well as shed light on the discrimination endured by Autistic people,” said Shahad Almufti, Media & Communications Representative at Alwaleed Philanthropies.
Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) has also taken action to combat autism by supporting a psychotherapy art course to the benefit of The Charitable Society for Autism Families in Riyadh. The course aims to train specialists of art therapy in methods which have been scientifically proven to effectively treat autism. For over 37 years, Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported and initiated projects in over 124 countries regardless of gender, race or religion. We collaborate with a range of philanthropic, government and educational organisations to combat poverty, empower women and youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Together with our partners, we help build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world.