Featured on the April 29th, 2021 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
- The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues through May 12th, 2021 - with traditions that include daily fasting, prayer, and helping people in need. Yasmin Acosta learns more about the meaning of Ramadan as observed by 13-year-old Aleena and 17-year-old Haseeb, two local American Muslim teens and their families.
- Find out about the creativity of Sama Alshaibi, a UA educator and multi-faceted artist who is being recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. Alshaibi is focusing her work on legal frameworks in Iraq that restrict the freedoms of Iraqi women and girls. You can find out much more about her work, and see many additional hi-res photos here.
- And, April is Autism Awareness Month, and Mark talks with local mom Dani and her 8-year-old son Aiden about how pandemic life has changed their relationship and their shared hopes for the coming year. If you or someone you care about is on the autism spectrum, The Autism Society of Southern Arizona is ready to offer help, resources and understanding.
"The Autism Society of Southern Arizona has been a very important component in our development as a family living "spectrum life", says Dani DuBois. "Its varied offerings, from the (annual) Autism Walk to sensory-friendly movies, to meet-ups for kids, have brought us into the community and helped us access resources and make connections that we otherwise would not have known existed. The educational programs for parents and kiddos alike (e.g., Triple P Parenting and Social Butterflies) have given each of us the family skills that we incorporate into our everyday lives helping us turn days where we seem like we're just surviving into days where we are thriving."