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LIME supports Autism Month observances

World Autism Day was Saturday, April 2, 2016 and the VI Government, along with local NGOs, has joined with a number of countries worldwide to mark the occasion throughout the month of April. LIME has come on board as a major sponsor for the activities. Photo: Internet Source
Head of Commercial for LIME BVI Ravi Maywahlall has declared that the phone company was “extremely delighted: with the turnout for the activities which kicked off the observance of World Autism Month in the Territory on Friday, April 1, 2016. Photo: File
Head of Commercial for LIME BVI Ravi Maywahlall has declared that the phone company was “extremely delighted: with the turnout for the activities which kicked off the observance of World Autism Month in the Territory on Friday, April 1, 2016. Photo: File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Head of Commercial for LIME BVI Ravi Maywahlall has declared that the phone company was “extremely delighted: with the turnout for the activities which kicked off the observance of World Autism Month in the Territory on Friday, April 1, 2016.

The activities began in the morning with a walk through Road Town from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School to the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.

The event culminated with a grand fun day at the Park for children affected by autism, featuring games, music and a puppet show. Government officers and representatives from a number of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) were on hand to interact with the children, parents and even passers-by.

The main aim of the month-long series of activities is, in general, to foster greater awareness of the disease, as well as, in particular, to create a better understanding of how to work with children who are affected by the disability.

World Autism Day was Saturday, April 2, 2016 and the VI Government, along with local NGOs, has joined with a number of countries worldwide to mark the occasion throughout the month of April.

LIME has come on board as a major sponsor for the activities, and Maywahlall said he is grateful to members of the wider community for their show of support, adding that he is looking forward to a successful outcome by the end of April.

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “advancing the rights of individuals with autism and ensuring their full participation and inclusion” in order to ensure there is a future of dignity and opportunity for everyone.

The UN website also notes that autism and other forms of disability are part of the “human experience that contributes to human diversity”. As such, the organisation has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in its development agenda, and has done so through its sustainable development goals (SDGs).

According to Maywahlall, it is with these emphases in mind that LIME readily agreed to make a significant contribution toward the activities. “LIME is continuing to serve the community by supporting initiatives which bring people together regardless of their background,” he said.

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