World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)- Friday 2nd April, recognises and spreads awareness about the hurdles people with autism and others living with autism face every day. WAAD activities are planned every year to further increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Did you know that CDC statistics revealed that ASD is 4.3 times more prevalent in boys than it is in girls? This is due to the fact that girls “often go undiagnosed because they don’t fit autism stereotypes and they mask symptoms better than boys do,” according to the Child Mind Institute. There is no better way to celebrate this day than by becoming aware of the characteristics of people with ASD and how all of us can do better to increase our own understanding, as well as promote kindness and acceptance.
What’s more, World Autism Awareness Day goes one step further to celebrate the unique talents of those with autism, while putting a huge focus on the warm embrace and welcome that these skills deserve through community events across the world.
Remember, it’s good to be different! People with autism spectrum disorders can and do have a huge impact on the world! All they need to be successful is appropriate treatment and support from their environment. Just take people like Tim Burton, Charles Darwin, Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein as an example!
So today on April 2nd, in honour of World Autism Awareness Day, landmarks around the world will light up blue! Join them and light yourself, your home or your business BLUE!