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Qatar Airways and HMC: Promoting ‘Autism Awareness’ this April

QR World Autism Month

Qatar Airways is hosting a variety of public activities throughout the month of April, in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), to support and raise public awareness on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The airline is pleased to continue its successful collaboration with HMC for the third consecutive year by hosting a series of workshops and training programmes conducted by HMC doctors, specialists and therapists, to ensure that Qatar Airways cabin crew and ground staff are prepared to support passengers with Autism with a better understanding of the disorder.

HMC doctors and therapists will also guide and advise cabin crew members on how to effectively support and assist autistic passengers while travelling on Qatar Airways flights. An information kiosk will be set up at the airline’s operations centre where medical representatives from HMC will distribute informational brochures about the disorder.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Human Resources Nabeela Fakhri, said that as an airline, they are proud to support both global and local campaigns in raising awareness of this disorder.

Equipping our staff with the information they need enables us to support all of our customers as best we can. We are delighted to participate in this global initiative for the third consecutive year by partnering with HMC, in order to ensure that our passengers suffering from autism have a smooth and enjoyable journey.’

World Autism Awareness Day is held every year on 2 April, with the goal of bringing attention to autism. To mark the day, Qatar Airways hosted an exciting and lively Kids Fun Day at Kidzmondo Doha, providing Qatar Airways cabin crew and employees the opportunity to interact with children with autism and their teachers, therapists and caregivers. Qatar Airways Oryx Kids Club mascots, Orry and Orah, made a special appearance during the event.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part of Qatar Airways’ values. In 2017 the airline renewed its sponsorship as Official Airline Partner to Orbis UK for another three years. The airline has been a proud sponsor of Orbis and its blindness prevention programmes since 2012. Qatar Airways also continues to be a proud supporter of the Educate-A-Child programme, which helps provide quality primary school education to millions of out-of-school children, globally. Additionally, the airline has also partnered with Doha’s Shafallah Centre, Qatar’s special needs association, to provide adults with special needs employment opportunities at Qatar Airways.

For updates and more information about Qatar Airways, visit their website at qatarairways.com.

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