2016 Theme is "Employment: The Autism Advantage"
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2nd April as World Autism Awareness Day to focus the need of improving the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so that they can lead independent and meaningful lives. The rate of autism in all parts of the world is high and it has a great impact on children lives, their families and communities.
Autism and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are general terms used for a group of complex disorders of brain development. It’s a lifelong developmental disability that recognizes itself during the first three years of one’s life. These disorders are characterized by varying degrees of difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communications, social interactions and abnormal behaviors. They include Rett syndrome, Asperger syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. Many of them have exceptional abilities in drawing & painting, visual skills and music etc.
The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is on 2nd April, 2016. Autism organizations around the world celebrate this day with different fundraising and awareness- creating events. These include:
World Autism Awareness Day mission is to improve the lives of all autism. Special consultations and clinics are organized for families dealing with autism to obtain consultations with educational psychologists, pediatricians, and social workers.
“Do not deny people with autism, accept them for then their abilities will shine.”
- Paul Isaacs
“‘So is there a cure?’ I asked. ‘It’s not a disease,’ he explained. ‘It doesn’t need curing. It’s just how you are.’”
- John Elder Robison
“Sometimes people say that kids with autism aren’t capable of love. That’s ridiculous. My son loves deeply. He just doesn’t communicate well.”
- Claire Scovell LaZebnik
"When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.”
- Seth Godin
“I look at autism like a bus accident, and you don’t become cured from a bus accident, but you can recover.”
- Jenny McCarthy
“If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out.”
- Temple Grandin
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”
- O. Ivar Lovaas
“People think about autism as something with kids. Well, those kids grow up.”
- Jason Katims
“Autism is part of my child; it’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.”
- S.L. Coelho
“Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.”
- Adrienne Bailon