The National Archives Organizes an Open Day for Autistic Children

The National Archives Organizes an Open Day for Autistic Children

The National Archives Organizes an Open Day for Autistic Children 


In the context of its community activities, the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, in coordination with the Emirates Autism Center, organized an Open Day for autistic children. There were several entertaining and interesting programs, which the National Archives staff shared with the children. In the beginning of the event, the children sang the U.A.E. national anthem with clear attention and interaction with its music and lyrics.
A large number of children together with their supervisors and the National Archives’ employees participated in Open Day, which was held at the National Archives Headquarters. H.E. Majid Al Mehairi, the National Archives’ Executive Director, said that the N.A. is interested in taking part in the societal activities that serve the various categories of the U.A.E. society. The National Archives organized Open Day for the children to drive them out of traditional places and ease their suffering and sense of being e different from others. The N.A. managed to offer them an atmosphere of fun and joy.
H.E. Al Mehairi added that autistic children may have among them inherent geniuses with exceptionally great mental or creative abilities, and it is a humane virtue to detect, develop and encourage them, since autism did not hinder the world’s most famous artists and scientists from changing humanity with their art and science. The world never stopped admiring their scientific and artistic production, thus it is our duty to direct our attention and care to this group of the society.
Dr. Khawla Al Saadi, Chairman of the Emirates Autism Society, which participated in the National Archives’ Open Day and hoped that the National Archives’ initiative sets an example for the rest of the official state institutions to relieve and delight children. Dr. Saadi pointed out that organizing an Open Day for children is very important for children; as it brings them closer to other segments of society, among which it spreads awareness and corrects erroneous views they might have regarding autistic children.
It is worth mentioning that the Open Day activities included face painting, colorful balloons giveaways, music, and exciting games that entertained both the children and the employees.