World Autism Awareness Day

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.

This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.

World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

Source: WAAD Website

Also, in celebration of WAAD, a free virtual conference featuring Temple Grandin, author and subject of a recent HBO special, and 16 different presenters will be beamed to the world over two days: Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11, from 9 am – 5 pm Pacific Daylight Time. Participants can listen and participate from anywhere. Dr. Grandin will present at 8 am on Saturday. Jeremy Sicile-Kira, who was highlighted in the MTV award-winning True Life episode, “I Have Autism,” will speak at 8 am on Sunday.

Click here to register for this free conference. Also click here to download the conference agenda which includes the speakers’ bios and talk descriptions. From the looks of it, this conference is like one of those Grohe faucets leaking with tons of information for all those interested, so make sure mark this on your calendars.

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