The Al Ain Traffic and Patrols Division of the Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrols Directorate participated yesterday in a collective March on foot, organized by the Autism Division of the Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care. The march comes in line with the activities of the Autism Universal Day held under the title “My Autism Doesn’t mean Isolating me”, in participation with various community entities, and in line with the Plants of Hope initiative implemented by the Abu Dhabi Police General headquarters.
The Awareness patrol and the Police band lead the march that started from the Municipality Roundabout in Al Ain, and headed towards the Carrefour crossroads at Al Jaimi area in the city.
First Lieutenant Nasser Al Derei, Director of Protocol and Tasks Branch of the Al Ain Traffic and Patrols Division in the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police, explained that the participation in such events promotes the social participation and communication with the various components of society.
He emphasized the commitment of the Al Ain Traffic department to participate in all activities aimed at reflecting the strategy of the Abu Dhabi Police Headquarters in achieving efficient communication with the different segments of society. He noted that the Division accompanied the march with the participation of the Protocol and Tasks Branch personnel, in addition to the Public Relations Branch which provided the patrol that led the march.
Autism is one of the most common growth disorders, which appears at the age of three, and accompanies the patient all through his life, causing negative effects on his communication and social skills; leading eventually to the isolation of the patient from his surroundings.
Recent studies have indicated that the rapid growth of this disorder is a major source of concern as the numbers published by Diseases Control Center “Autism speaks” in the USA show, that one out of 110 individuals is an Autism patient, and one out of 70 males has this disorder. Notably, the rates are growing, and the prevalence is invariable in most countries around the world.
The Plants of Hope Initiative, supervised by the Security Media Division at the Office of His Highness the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, was initially launched in April 2010 with the aim of integrating children with disabilities along with their healthy counterparts to promote the principles of belonging to the society; the ability to work and the collaborative work without excluding any segment of the society.