This year’s Eid-ul-Azha celebration brings a new meaning of endless love and joy in the lives of a group of children with autism.
Some 25 children with autism from a specialised school run by the Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children have cooked special Eid dishes for their mothers in a cooking show titled Cooking an Eid Smile.
The programme, a recorded video version of which will be up for public view on social media platform — United News of Bangladesh Facebook page — on the Eid day, was organised by news agency UNB and national weekly Dhaka Courier at Royal Park Hotel in the city.
Structural Engineers Ltd and SWAC joined hands to make this innovative initiative a success.
Teachers and parents of the SWAC school children joined the show, too.
The children were divided in five groups and each of the group cooked dishes at the kitchen with support from the chefs of Royal Park Hotel.
Apart from cooking, the children also enjoyed the day singing, dancing, painting and reciting poems.
Besides, the children went on air by expressing their words of joy and merriment on popular radio channel — Radio Foorti — which was the radio partner of this event.
Subarna Chakma, a founder parent and Chairperson of SWAC, said the children actively participated in the programme and enjoyed the day doing different activities.
‘It’s like a dream for the parents to see their children cooking for them,’ she added.
SWAC secretary Sabina Hossain, also one of the founder parents of SWAC, said, ‘The programme itself is something new. Those who work for autism always put in their efforts for the inclusion of the people with autism in the mainstream of society and lifestyle.’
Sabina urged everyone to come forward and work for bringing autistic individuals into the mainstream of society.
The participation of these children in such a programme proves that they can also include themselves in the mainstream of society if given the proper environment, said SWAC Secretary adding that the children with autism can do creative works and they also have the right to celebrate Eid like any other people in the society.
Keerthi Weragoda, chief executive officer of Royal Park Residence Hotel, distributed gifts and prizes among the participants.
He also appreciated the lively participation of the children.
After finishing the cooking and other activities, the children served the food to their parents themselves and had their lunch together.
Through intensive one-on-one interaction between students and teachers, the SWAC-run school works to provide the student continuous opportunities to learn new skills throughout the day.
In addition, students spend some time each day in group activities such as art, music and games. As part of the individualised education plan for each student, opportunities are also created to teach them to interact with peers in order to acquire, practice and generalise appropriate social behaviours.
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