Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal wear noise-canceling headphones as part of the “making autism visible” campaign by RFEF

Spain won 2-0 against Scotland.


Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal wear noise-canceling headphones as part of the “making autism visible” campaign by RFEF

Spain's Alvaro Morata (L) and Dani Carvajal (R) wore headphones to create awareness for autism. (Via Centre Goals & SEFutbol)

Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal wore headphones as they walked onto the pitch ahead of the game vs Scotland. On further investigation, it was known that the gesture was part of a campaign by RFEF. The body is running a campaign titled ‘making autism visible’. Both Carvajal and Morata wore noise-cancelling headphones as walked onto the pitch.

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The mascots, who were later revealed to be children with autism, were also wearing similar headphones. The Footballing World was quick to praise the players and RFEF for their beautiful gesture. This campaign was to create awareness for autism. It is also to demonstrate that many are on the spectrum of autism, which needs more understanding.

The game against Scotland was a crucial fixture for the Spaniards. The home side eventually won the game 2-0, in which captain Alvaro Morata played a crucial role. Moreover, the win puts Spain in touching distance of qualifying for the Euros. In spite of the loss, Scotland remains top of the group with 15 points from a possible 18.

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What is the “making autism visible” campaign by RFEF?

The RFEF claims that the campaign aims at the visibility of autism. ‘Making autism visible’ makes an attempt to demonstrate and sensitize the public on autism. The national team focuses on various social issues during each game. For the game against Scotland, the RFEF chose ‘autism’ as the central issue. A Palco Autismo (Autism Box) will also be enabled.

A Child wearing noise-canceling headphones as part of the RFEF campaign.
A Child wearing noise-canceling headphones as part of the RFEF campaign. (Via RFEF.com)

Families with minors suffering from autism could make use of the services provided. The RFEF arranged ‘boxes’ where noise-cancelling headphones were made available. There were ‘relaxation rooms’ as well for the families. The RFEF has also signed an agreement with Autismo Burgos, Spain. This initiative is a follow-up of the same movement introduced during a Women’s National team match in Ibiza.

In addition to the the measures stated above, the federation also has plans for the blind. The blind can now enjoy matches, either at the stadium, or at home. This is thanks to the ‘narrative for blind people’. This provides a descriptive narrative without comments or advertisement breaks.

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