Princess Muna patronizes launch of first autism conference

HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein third left attends the “Towards Friendly and Inclusive Societies for Persons with Autism Spectrum” conference in Amman on March 26, 2022. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein on Saturday patronized the launch of the first conference on autism in Jordan, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. اضافة اعلان

The conference was held under the title: “Towards Friendly and Inclusive Societies for Persons with Autism Spectrum”.

The conference was attended by Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Wajih Owais, and was organized by Autism-Mena Foundation (Amena) in partnership with Saba Hamlet Foundation for Training.

The event aims to increase community awareness about autism spectrum disorder, change preconceived negative perceptions about people on the autism spectrum, and increase community awareness of the daily barriers and obstacles they face.

It was supported by the EU Social Protection support program (2019), which aims to support social protection reforms and the development of an equitable and inclusive society in Jordan.

Owais said that the education ministry in 2020 launched with partners a ten-year strategy for inclusive education, which emphasizes the values of justice, equality, and acceptance of diversity, and considers autistic students and people with disabilities as part of the student community.

Owais confirmed that the ministry is already integrating 25,000 students with disabilities in the ministry’s public schools, 339 of whom are autistic students. 

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