It’s certainly encouraging to see a global increase and emphasis towards a more conscious and inclusive world. In conjunction with the upcoming World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, we are excited to share Sunway Putra Mall’s social initiative: Autism Through My Eyes, happening from 28th March to 30th April 2022.
With Autism Malaysia estimating that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and many #makchicmumtribe members who are parents to neurodivergent children themselves), there is much we can learn about celebrating and supporting those within the community!
Autism is Awesome- Sunway Putra Mall’s Autsome family
Sunway Putra Mall is an autism friendly mall, offering amazing facilities and features such as calm rooms and a designated Autism Friendly Shopping Day (think dimmed lights and reduced noise levels!). The mall is setting the standards high on inclusivity as they continue to educate and generate awareness on all things autism related. Join them on their Autism Awareness Month, with an exciting lineup of activities and events planned!
Autsome Charity Bazaar
Date: 1st – 3rd April 2022 (Friday – Sunday)
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
We are beyond expectations [of what people think of us]. I guarantee, if we set lower expectations for [kids on the spectrum], they will start low – and they will stay there. (Quote inspired by the movie, The Accountant, (2016))
Luqman Hakim is one of the many artists on the spectrum taking part in Sunway Putra Mall’s yearly charity bazaar, who are boldly challenging the narrative and redefining expectations. Part of the sale proceeds of this bazaar will be channeled towards the National Autism Society Of Malaysia (NASOM). As you purchase from autistic vendors such as Luqman and NakSeni, to name a few, you will be supporting the development of the talents of differently abled individuals and contributing towards equal opportunities for all.
Spend for a cause, and bring home creative pieces of artwork, handmade accessories, mouthwatering snacks, or even some educational toys for the kids!
Fashion Show by JK Fashion
Date: 2nd April 2022 (Saturday)
Keep a look out for a special fashion show brought to you by humanitarian fashion label, JK Fashion. Founder, Jay Kumar shares that they have been creating new talents and that every year, they work with new kids who would like to embark in the art or fashion industry.
As a brand that cares, JK Fashion carries a range of ethnic designs, infusing and featuring the artwork of kids with autism into their fashion wear. Together with autism NGO, PERSAMA, they work with autistic children, giving them a guided programme to earn a sustainable income.
The ripple effect of an autism diagnosis often throws family members and caregivers in the unknown. Hear from the hearts of a parent and the sibling of a loved one with autism, and be inspired by their encouraging, honest stories. Whether you’re a family member of a child on the spectrum, or just an individual who cares- you’d be sure to benefit in some way from attending these enlightening talks. Tune in from the comfort of your home, as the talks will be hosted virtually on Sunway Putra Mall’s Instagram platform, @SunwayPutraMall, via Instagram Live.
Topic: The Rainbow After The Storm- Raising a child on the spectrum
Date: 30th March 2022
Time: 9.00 pm
2. Arena Wan (Actress and Sister to a brother on the spectrum)
Topic: Growing up with an Autistic Brother
Date: 1st April 2022
Time: 9.00 pm
Autism Screening by Special Education Needs Institute (SENI)
Date: 1st – 3rd April 2022
Time: 10.00am – 10.00pm (Prior appointments are required)
Venue: West Wing, Level 3, Sunway Putra Mall
Source: Sunway Putra Mall
Located inside the mall itself, SENI aims to help individuals with special needs integrate into society as contributing members of the workforce, through their holistic programs for individuals of all ages. Free autism screenings will be available for visitors over the first weekend of April.
Sensory Play Kit Redemptions
Redeem a Sensory Play Kit by Sensory Play Box Malaysia worth RM50 for the little ones when you shop! All you need is a minimum spend of RM150 in two receipts* mall-wide during the period of 28th March to 7th April 2022. These sensory kits are great for all kids, including (and especially for) those on the spectrum!
If you are a parent of a special needs child, do sign up to be a Autsome member to enjoy a host of special privileges and facilities at Sunway Putra Mall. Redeem an Autsome band and collapsible coffee cup when you register between 28th March to 30th April 2022!
[*while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.]
Here’s to nurturing a future generation who will celebrate differences, promote inclusivity and advocate for acceptance. Have an awesome Autism Awareness Month at Sunway Putra Mall through their ‘Autism Through My Eyes’ campaign for the whole family.