World Autism Awareness Day History
World Autism Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of those currently living with autism. Autism refers to a lifelong brain development disorder that affects social interactions, learning, routines, and communication. ASD is a broad term that also includes: autistic disorder, certain pervasive developmental disorders, and Asperger syndrome. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 59 children in the US have ASD. Further, they estimate the prevalence of ASD to be between 1-2% for children in Asia, Europe, and North America.
World Autism Awareness Day was designated by the United Nations in 2007 in an effort to end stigmatization and discrimination against those with autism. It is part of the UN's Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to leave no one behind. World Autism Day is observed annually on April 2nd.
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World Autism Awareness Day - References and Related Siteswww.un.org: Autism Day www.autismspeaks.org: Autism Speaks www.un.org: United Nations www.autismspeaks.org: Facts about Autism www.autismspeaks.org: LIUB www.autism-society.org: Facts and Stats US CDC: Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder Temple Grandin TED Talk: The world needs all kinds of minds