The airline will continue its successful collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) for the third consecutive year by hosting a series of workshops and training programmes conducted by HMC’s doctors, specialists and therapists.
The aim is to ensure that Qatar Airways cabin crew and ground staff are prepared to support autistic passengers with a better understanding of the disorder.
Participants of a Qatar Airways autism awareness event
HMC doctors and therapists will also guide and advise cabin crew members on how to effectively support and assist autistic passengers 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 Human Resources, Nabeela Fakhri, said: “As an airline, we 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 Hamad Medical Corporation, in order to ensure our autistic passengers have a smooth and enjoyable journey.”
World Autism Awareness Day is held every year on April 2 worldwide, with the goal of bringing attention to autism. To mark the day, Qatar Airways hosted a 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 at the event.
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 a further three years. The airline has been a proud sponsor of Orbis and its blindness prevention programmes since 2012. Qatar Airways 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 partnered with Doha’s Shafallah Centre, Qatar’s special needs association, to provide adults with special needs employment opportunities at Qatar Airways.