April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Autism ribbon, a looped ribbon made of colorful jigsaw puzzle pieces

The Autism Ribbon symbolizes the mystery and complexity of the disorder.

Today is the third annual World Autism Awareness Day, an international day of observance intended to improve our understanding of autism. Autism is a mysterious and complex disorder, which is now said to be the most rapidly increasing developmental disorder in the world. Autism has a strong genetic basis; proposed environmental causes, such as heavy metals, pesticides or childhood vaccines are matters of controversy.

World Autism Awareness Day was created by unanimous resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to help provide full and meaningful lives for autistic children and adults. Twenty countries participated in the inaugural celebration on April 2, 2008.  Even if you need a loan today, you can gain a better understanding of autism without borrowing money.

A better understanding

World Autism Awareness Day is one of the many ways in which the United Nations promotes the rights and well-being of disabled persons. This year, in his message for World Autism Awareness Day, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:

“Let us join persons with autism, their families and their advocates in a community of voices for greater awareness and understanding. Let us also look within, and re-evaluate our attitudes and those of our societies so we can remove the prejudices that discriminate against persons with disabilities. Let us dedicate ourselves to creating a fair and caring society that affords true dignity and rights for all.”

Community events to raise awareness

World Autism Awareness Day is a time to celebrate the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and to encourage their involvement in a wide variety of community events being sponsored throughout the world. A calendar of events can be found on the World Autism Awareness Day website. There is no known cure for Autism, which now affects some 67 million people. About one every 110 children has been diagnosed with the disease.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Since the 1970s, the Autism Society of America has promoted April as National Autism Awareness Month. The ASA’s month-long campaign efforts are intended to improve public awareness of autism and increase concern for its treatment and management. The long-standing campaign evidences our increasing understanding of and respect for people with autism.

Austim includes a wide range of disorders

Autism is a spectrum disorder characterized by varied and complex neurological problems. Autism is referred to as a spectrum disorder because its symptoms can range from very mild to significantly disabling. Generally, autism appears in children by age three and is initially marked by atypical development of socialization and communication skills combined with restrictive and repetitive behaviors. The three general categories of disorders included in the autism spectrum are autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and various non-specific and pervasive developmental disorders.

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