World Autism Awareness Day

Today is the World Autism Awareness Day.

 

World Autism Awareness Day  2 April

« This international attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures. Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential.  »

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Autism Awareness Day 2013

Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

Throughout its history, the United Nations family has promoted the rights and well-being of the disabled, including children with developmental disabilities. In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

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From Autism Speaks Canada:

What is Light It Up Blue?

Light It Up Blue (LIUB) is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism.

Light it Up Blue was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in support of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), which takes place on April 2. Iconic landmarks around the world Light It Up Blue in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day to show their support!

In 2012, Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign continued to raise awareness worldwide. Nearly 3000 structures in over 600 cities, 45 countries and on 6 continents illuminated in blue to shine a bright light on autism.

1) The Vancouver Skyline lit up blue in 2012 with BC Place, Rogers Arena and Telus World of Science taking part in LIUB.
2) The Great Statue of Buddha at Hyogo, Kobe, Japan
3) Empire State Building, New York, USA

What is World Autism Awareness Day?

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) with the goal of bringing the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions globally.

WAAD shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health concern.  WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of autism and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Support continues throughout the month of April in much of the world as it is also considered Autism Awareness Month.

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From World Autism Awareness Day Facebook Page

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In Pakistan:

From The International News, Islamabad:

World Autism Awareness Day 2013 observed

ISLAMABAD: The sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed globally including Pakistan by all the autism organizations with the aim to tackle it with maximum awareness and cure methods.

The day was observed with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion of observing the « World Autism Awareness Day 2013 » reads as: « This international attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures. Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential ».

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life; it is characterised by difficulties in social interaction and communication as well as repetitive behaviour and hyperactivity.

The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.

In Pakistan, parents whose children are diagnosed with autism have to grapple with challenges such as lack of awareness, a dearth of professional medical expertise, almost nonexistent health care and, most of all, social stigma. These challenges lead to denial and the isolation.  Read more.

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The Hyatt Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi – awarded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the « World’s furthest leaning man-made tower. » – is going BLUE!!!

World Autism Awareness Day Facebook Page

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