Today Muslimas Oasis Organises 'Blue Hijab' Day For World Autism Awareness - So What?

Autism Awareness Campaign brought to you by Blue Hijab Day

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

Blue Hijab Day is an event started by {Muslimas Oasis} - sister Emma Apple and team - as a way to raise awareness about Autism, Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders. By bringing about more awareness of these disorders in the Muslim Community, which is sadly lacking in awareness and supportive resources for families living with autism, Blue Hijab Day will insha'Allah (God Willing) educate individuals.

The autism awareness campaign has welcomed involvement from other faith groups and organisations in the past. This year on 2nd April Blue Hijab Day aims to develop this awareness in the wider community through our efforts.

"We want Blue Hijab Day to become a mainstream awareness and fundraising effort with a Muslim face."

*‘Hijab’ is the headscarf that many Muslim women wear as a part of their Islamic faith.

On April 2nd Annually
Wear a Blue Hijab (or scarf) on April 2nd (UN World Autism Awareness Day). Print out the fliers and put them up or hand them out. Print the tag and pin it to your hijab or clothing on Blue Hijab Day to let others know why you’re wearing Blue. These things can be downloaded in the {Blue Hijab Day downloads} section.

If you don’t wear hijab and want to participate, you can wear a blue scarf or hat. Men can wear a kufi, hat, scarf or tie. And if you don’t have any of these items and can’t get one, just wear anything blue and pin on the tag. Don’t forget to tell people - about Blue Hijab Day and about Autism - and invite others to do the same!

Blue Hijab Day will be an Annual event coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day, each year we will have a general theme. 2010 was all about starting the conversation, we started small by inviting and inciting conversation about Autism in the Muslim (and non muslim) community, created the event and got over 2,000 people participating.

We chose blue to co-ordinate with other efforts to wear blue for Autism Awareness and Autism Speaks’ ‘Light it up blue’ campaign, again, we want to be a mainstream effort with a Muslim face. Besides, we thought a puzzle hijab might be difficult to find.

We hope 2011 will be bigger and more visible insha'Allah with fundraisers for a family who needs the support (to be announced) and event ideas.

About our fundraising: Any money we raise will go to a specific family or individual living with Autism who needs the financial support unless we are raising money on behalf of another organization. Where the money will go will be announced before any money is raised.

What is Autism?
The following is a select collection of quotes from informational websites to give you a brief overview of what Autism is and what to look out for if you are concerned about your childs development.

“Autism is a different way of thinking about, understanding and feeling the world.” - Emma Apple

Autism is a complex developmental disability (or difference as many parents and advocates like to call it) that typically appears during the first two years of life. Autism is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Autism is not a psychological disorder or mental illness.

Both children and adults on the autism spectrum typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. While there are many stereotypical behaviors and many things people on the spectrum find in common, it is a spectrum of symptoms that affects every person differently.

Autism is one of five disorders that fall under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by “severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development.”

Muxlim viewers: Watch the Blue Hijab Day Autism Awareness trailer by muslimaoasis on YT

How can you help?
→ Tell people about Autism & the Blue Hijab Day effort.
→ Participate in Awareness efforts.
→ If you’re a media outlet, talk about Autism and the Blue Hijab Day effort.
→ Organize a Blue Hijab Day event, walk, meeting, fundraiser for April.
→ If you know someone with Autism or with a child on the spectrum, find out if there’s any way you can help them. For them, Autism is year round.
→ Learn about Autism.
→ Have another idea? Get in touch at the Blue Hijab Day Facebook page!

Fore more info and updates, click onto {Blue Hijab Day}
Shukran, thank you.

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