Sunday, April 1, 2012

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2012 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and it will take place across the world.  In 2007, the United Nations decided to enact this day to bring increased attention to autism, which affects approximately 1% of the world's populations.  Autism is a pervasive disorder and a general term for a complex group of developmental brain disorders.  About 1 in 88 children in the United States suffer symptoms of autism, and there is a focus to bring light to the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.  

Anyone who has met a child with autism knows the difficulties that come with the disorder (Common challenges include social challenges, difficulties communicating, repetitive behaviors, and physical or medical complications).  However, the children have incredible talents and skills that with patience, understanding, and cooperation can be uncovered and greatly utilized.  Often times, the person who has the privilege of working with autistic children and their families, believe that they are learning just as much or more about life as the family!  They are truly incredible individuals!

Today Autism Speaks, one of my favorite autism advocacy organizations, celebrates Light It Up Blue.

Please use this information to lend your own support in whatever way you may choose.  Education is always one of the most powerful avenues so you may want to check out the Autism Speaks website to learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, interventions, family services and other ways to lend support.  

Perhaps today you will join me and Light It Up Blue!