“Time to break down barriers” campaign was held in 4 cities of Kazakhstan
On April 2 the charity foundation of Bulat Utemuratov “Asyl Miras” held “Time to break down barriers’ campaign in Almaty, Astana, Kyzylorda, Ust-Kamenogorsk. On this day, anyone could pass an interactive test and get rid of false stereotypes about autism, and then “let their fears go” along with blue balloons in the sky. Within the framework of this campaign, an info-session with the participation of bloggers and mass media took place in Almaty. Among them: Anna Shelepova, Anton Voler, Erulan Izmailov, Gaziza Uzak, Dmitry Kutsel and others. Almaz Sharman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bulat Utemuratov Asyl Miras Foundation, Marat Aitmagambetov, Director of the Foundation, Anara Mailybekova, the mother of one of Asyl Miras Almaty autism center’s ward were invited as speakers.
The speakers talked about the “Autism. The world is one for all” program, implemented by Bulat Utemuratov's Asyl Miras Foundation, about the difficulties faced by children with autism spectrum disorders, and the opportunities for children's development to be provided with early detection and measures to improve their quality of life and socialization. The foundation's program is aimed at improving the quality of life of children with ASD through the creation and implementation of a progressive system of assistance. Within the framework of this Program, the Foundation created 4 “Asyl Miras” Autism Centers in Almaty, Astana, Kyzylorda and Ust-Kamenogorsk cities. In “Asyl Miras” Autism Centers children can pass through an early diagnosis and in case of ASD signs revealing receive an assistance with the help of specialized programs. Their parents can also receive free educational, informational, and consultative support.
Every year on April 2, millions of blue balloons fly to the sky all over the world, and the main buildings and monuments of major cities are illuminated with blue light. 10 years ago, this day was established by the UN General Assembly as the World Day for Dissemination of Information on Autism or, as it is called today an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In different countries, there is a growing trend in the number of children with this disorder, the cause of which has not yet been fully explored. According to the US Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 68th child has an ASD. Throughout the world, individuals with ASD are often subjects of stigma, discrimination and human rights violations, and their access to services and support is inadequate. ASD is a disorder that occurs as a result of a developmental disorder in the brain, when the child has difficulties in establishing interaction with the outside world. Early detection of ASD allows for timely initiation of programs for children and helps parents significantly improve the quality of life of children with ASD in the future.