Black & White magazine organised its annual event, ‘Sudoku for a cause: Autism’ at Al Bustan Palace Hotel on May 12, 2011. One of the world’s 100 living geniuses, Daniel Tammet, a high functioning autistic savant, took part in the event. Tammet, also known as the Human Calculator, holds the European record for reciting Pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes.
ORIS, the leading global watch brand joined Khimji’s Watches in sponsoring this noble cause to raise more awareness for the autism in Oman. Oris Williams and Oris Jazz – Dizzy Gillepspie limited Edition watches were presented to the winner of the Sudoku competition Mr. S. Vishwanath and to Mr. Daniel Tammet.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the early years of children. It affects the way they communicate with and relates to others and the world around them. Autism is not a rare phenomenon. Autism affects different people to different degrees. Figures for Oman are not available. In the UK, it is estimated that one in 100 people are autistic. Furthermore, this disability is predominant in males and could be as high as four to five times the incidence in females. Some manage to live relatively independent lives while others require lifelong specialist support.
The United Nations General Assembly through resolution 62/139 envisaged that all the member countries spread awareness regarding this disease, so that early diagnosis and intervention can be made. Autism organizations around the world celebrate April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.