In order to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder, the Syrian Society for Social Development's Home Rehabilitation Programme for Persons with Disabilities in cooperation with UNHCR carried out a series of awareness sessions concerning autism spectrum disorder in all community centers in Aleppo and its countryside
With joy and love, and with the participation of the people, the following paragraphs were presented: (Dating activity - Introduction to World Autism Day - Brainstorming to explain the autism spectrum disorder and its social, cognitive and behavioral characteristics and ways of dealing with it - Set of activities and recreational competitions for the people to alleviate the stress that they live in.)
These sessions contributed to raising awareness about the importance of the rights of children who are injured with autism spectrum disorder, including health care, education and opportunities for participation in the society, where parents expressed the following:
"I knew what is the meaning of autism and how to distinguish an autism child from a natural child and also I knew that there is a World Day for them"
"I have a kid who is suffering of an autism disorder. I knew that photoes help him to tell us what he needs, and help me to understand him."
"The first time I heard of something called autism, and the first time I recognized its symptoms and distinguish them from the rest of the disabilities, and I wasn't able to know that children who are injured with Autism can develop as opposed to what is known about them."
"I became more understandable of the situation of mothers of children with other disabilities, because their life tasks are difficult and need to be understood like her child."