Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Belgrade, on 13 June hosted a screening of the documentary film “As One” held at the National Library of Serbia, in the production of the “Image Nation” media company from Abu Dhabi and panel discussions on “Autism in the world”. The event was organised in cooperation with the Serbian Associations for the benefit of people with autism.
The emotional documentary “As One” made within the Autism project, one of the initiatives of Sheikh Bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was designed to raise awareness of autism in the world, but also to encourage families and guardians of people with by autism that they are equal members of society and not lonely in their struggle.
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Belgrade organised this event as part of marking the year of tolerance in the United Arab Emirates with the aim of raising social awareness of autism and to highlight the challenges faced by all those who encounter autism in their lives. The Panel sent a very clear message that if we want autism to be understood and accepted in the right way, it is necessary to integrate into society all factors that deal with this topic.
Speakers in the panel on autism in the world, but especially about autism in Serbia and the United Arab Emirates, were: Ms. Zuzana Silva Silva, president of the organisation “Autism of Europe”, Prof. Dr. Nenad Rudić, neuropsychiatrist for children and adolescents, Ms. Sarifa Jatim, the first Board Certified Behavior Analyst and expert for autism from the United Arab Emirates. The panel was moderated by Mrs Sunčica Petrović, Project Coordinator at the Association of Serbian Associations for people with autism.