Orihuela commemorates World Autism Day

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THE COUNCILLOR for Social Welfare, Sabina-Goretti Galindo, presented on Monday the activities organised by Orihuela Council in commemoration of World Autism Day this week.

The Mayor, who was accompanied by the president of Dinoco, Laura Tomas and Cristina Albadalejo, president of the Libertea Foundation thanked the councillors for their efforts, remembering ‘since the beginning we have maintained our commitment to improve accessibility for those with special needs, creating an ‘Accessibility Table’ and installing pictogram references within municipal buildings.

This year, the council will take to the ‘Water Palace’, installing pictograms references throughout the facility, with focus on the locker rooms.

The initiative – made possible through collaboration of the Department of Social Welfare and the associations Libertea and Dinoco – will also run a ‘Blue Days’ campaign, with which it aims to ‘raise awareness and make visible the Autism Spectrum Disorder.’

On Thursday evening, the facade of the City Hall, La Lonja and Puente Viejo was lit up in blue and the documentary ‘A Shared Dream’ was screened.

On Friday evening, a storytelling session will be held from 6.00pm in the Centro de Mayores Virgen de Monserrate, adapted with pictograms.

On April 1 and 2, the Teatro Circo will host the show ‘La Bella y la Bestia’, performed by Grupo Iraty with the proceeds of ticket sales to be donated to Dinoco and Mas Vida.

On April 2, World Autism Day, the Teatro Circo in partnership with Hidraqua will host a balloon release at 5.30pm.

Laura Tomas of Dinoco thanked the City Council for ‘taking into account our requests – together we can reach the goal that Orihuela is a city adapted and aware.’

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