Shangri-La Properties Raise Awareness On World Autism Awareness Day

Every year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day is observed to encourage Member States of the United Nations to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and recognize the hurdles that people with autism face every day.

Check out how Shangri-La colleagues around the world celebrated the 12th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya hosted an educational seminar in partnership with Surabaya Autism Awareness and Advocacy Foundation, Dharma Wanita Surabaya and the Surabaya City Government. Titled “Legal Protection Seminar for Individual with Autism in All Social Aspects,” the seminar welcomed three speakers, Kurnia Indawati S.Pd., S.H., from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the East Java Regional Office, lawyer Edward Dewaruci, S.H., M.H., C.L.A., and notary Nunik Rudiawati, S.H., M.Kn., to discuss the Republic of Indonesia’s Law on Disabilities. Over 100 attendees, many of whom are parents or guardians of children with autism, attended the seminar.

“This kind of seminar is very useful for me as a parent of an autistic child, so I can understand better about the law that applies in Indonesia for my son, especially for his future,” said one attendee.

Following the seminar, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya hosted a charity bazaar featuring crafts and artwork made by children who are affected with autism.

Hotel employees led a cake-decorating workshop to help children enhance their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and of course to make delicious treats.

“Through this event, we hope that parents or guardians of children with autism can have an understanding of the legal protection for individuals with autism,” said Cahya Bhinartika, Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya’s service manager for CSR and sustainability. “In addition, we want these children to express themselves by learning the entrepreneurship skills and sharpen other soft skills in various fields, such as in the culinary field.”

In Malaysia, Hotel Jen Penang hosted over 50 students with special needs and 30 guardians during a 90s-themed festival. The half-day event included Malaysian cultural performances, games and educational activities.

Studies show that music therapy enhances valuable skills including communication, attention, social engagement and motor development. With these benefits in mind, volunteers from Sule Shangri-La, Yangon celebrated World Autism Awareness Day by donating a piano to the Light House Autism School, which will be used for music therapy.

In China, six colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian helped children from the Little Dolphin Autism Children’s Rehabilitation Center, the hotel’s EMBRACE partner, make crafts and learn through technical activities.

“Through working with the Little Dolphin Autism Children’s Rehabilitation Center, we hope to raise awareness about the challenges that children with autism face on and beyond World Autism Awareness Day,” said Cathleen Huo, assistant director of human resources at Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian.

Nineteen colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao visited Hongzhu Autism School in Funing, to deliver gifts and play with the children.

“Volunteers, children and teachers had a very happy and memorable afternoon interacting with one another, including during performance from the children and art activities” said Jack Yangxu, human resources service manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao.

Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei organized an interdepartmental flea market to raise funds for Chun Ya, a local charitable organization that supports children with autism. The donations will be used to improve Chun Ya’s training facilities.

Thank you to our colleagues and properties around the world who raised awareness for autism and continue to emphasize abilities over disabilities.