Going Blue for Autism

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Going Blue for Autism

Post by HEPZIBAH » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:10 pm

Those in Luxor tonight may have noticed the historic sites being illuminated in blue to support autism awareness. I have seen some photographs and they look great, but I am still left wondering how events such as these really raise awareness to such conditions/campaigns. What are your thoughts?

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31 March at 20:10 ·
Luxor will be in blue on 2th April for the world day of the autism awareness
‪#‎Worldautismawarenessday‬ ‪#‎Luxor‬ ‪#‎Egypt‬ ‪#‎visitluxor‬
In the framework of the cooperation between Luxor and the Egyptian Society of autism, Mohamed Badr, the governor of Luxor stated that luxor has completed its preparations for this important event "the world day of the autism awareness" 2 Th April. A lot of places in the world such as: The Eiffel Tower in France, the empire state building in New York and the hotel Burj Alarab in Dubai will be lit in blue.
Luxor will participate for the first time in this event. A lot of monuments will be lit in blue at this day such as: the temple of Luxor, the temple of hatshepsut the building of Luxor Governorate, and plenty of great hotels of Luxor. This light will also be in other places in Egypt as: The Cairo Tower, the building of the authority of the Suez Canal, the building of elkasr el-Einy, the hospital of cancer 57357 and a number of commercial buildings.
For its part, Mohamed Badr asserted that the participation of Luxor in this event aims to raise awareness of the people towards autism and to exploit it to develop tourism.
A Press Conference will be held in the temple of Luxor by the Egyptian Society of autism with the presence of the media to celebrate the event.
Translated from French

https://www.facebook.com/luxor.governorate/


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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by newcastle » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:22 pm

I'm not sure how to read "....raise awareness. ...towards autism and to exploit it to develop tourism".

Perhaps something was lost in the translation?

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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by HEPZIBAH » Sat Apr 02, 2016 11:27 pm

Yes, I had problems with that part too.
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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by Dusak » Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:15 am

Yesterday was the International pillow fight day. That would of been better for tourism against blue lights.

''Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people''

Well, seems that quite a lot of folk suddenly developed Autism when coming to live here in Luxor. :lol:
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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by Glyphdoctor » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:04 am

It's a crass marketing ploy, but not by the governorate, who probably don't know any better and have just been sucked into promoting something without realizing what it really is. Read this:
http://vividandbrave.com/why-i-dont-lig ... eness-day/

It's just like all the pink ribbons for breast cancer. That's a big marketing scam as well of the Susan Komen Foundation.

But there is a sucker born every minute who will repost this stuff and go around lighting up blue....

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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by newcastle » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:24 am

I don't have a problem with low-cost activities to raise awareness of issues like autism. Marketing per se is unobjectionable

But, as Glyph's link illustrates, it's very important, if you are going to donate to any organisation purporting to support people affected, that you do some homework to ensure that your contribution is being properly spent. The same caveat applies to any form of charitable donation.

If the Egyptian societies connected with autism get an annual platform, that's fine with me.

Any linking to tourism is....yes.......'crass'.

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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by Dusak » Sun Apr 03, 2016 11:08 am

:tk I'm blue... does that mean...
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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by Scottishtourist » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:37 pm

Is "autism"widely recognized in Luxor/Egypt?

Are there proper diagnoses made in the country?Are there specialists?

Seems to me that some people there in the villages in Luxor are just classed as the "village idiot."Their families do not have the money to seek medical advice and diagnosis..so the "ticks,stuttering,unusual behaviour"etc,are just passed off as a mental condition.Our "Ahmed"is just a wee bit "slow"..so he'll never reach his full potential,but he doesn't need to worry as his family will always look after him?

So..what happens to these people without proper medication and support?Are they shunned?Or are they accepted as the "fool?"

Or..do they get the "sympathy"card because they(allegedly)ain't "quite right?"

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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by HEPZIBAH » Sun Apr 03, 2016 2:56 pm

Scottishtourist wrote:Is "autism"widely recognized in Luxor/Egypt?
I think that question would be fair to ask of many places in the world. Even in the UK we are really only just beginning to really understand about autism, and the wide spectrum that word covers, with so many either not being diagnosed early enough, being wrongly diagnosed, or not being diagnosed at all.

But back to your question related to Egypt, here is a link to ADVANCE- The Egyptian Advance Society for Persons with Autism and Other Disabilities - which has been going since 1997.

http://advance-society.org/
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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by LovelyLadyLux » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:01 pm

I don't think the challenge is necessarily diagnosing autism it is where to place the individual/child on the spectrum with EARLY intervention being the key.

I don't really like labels but sometimes to know facilitates more understanding and appropriate treatment hence remediation of more serious problems in later life.

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Re: Going Blue for Autism

Post by Dusak » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:13 am

From what I've been lead to believe, here in Egypt concerning those families that are financially challenged, the attitude is that if something is irretrievably broken, why waste money attempting to fix it. Sad, but a fact of life here and many other similar countries with predominantly low income populations.
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