- April 2 -

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day has been held every year since 9 September 1989. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day has been held every year since 9 September 1989. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139. World Autism Awareness Day," adopted on 18 December 2007, proposed by Qatar, and supported by all member states.The resolution had four main components:
-the establishment of 2 April as WAAD,
-participation of UN organizations, member states, NGOs and all private & public organizations in WAAD,
-raise awareness of autism on all levels in society,
-to ask the UN Secretary-General to deliver this message to member states and all other UN organs.
It was first observed in 2008.

Autism Ontario celebrates World Autism Awareness Day by "Raising a Flag" for autism. Municipalities around Ontario raise a flag to raise awareness for autism in their region.

Autism
Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain's functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. People with autism often:

-Find social interaction difficult.
-Have problems with verbal and non-verbal communication.
-Demonstrate restrictive and repetitive behavior.
-Have a limited set of interests and activities.

Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies. The prevalence is currently rising in many countries around the world. Caring for and educating children and young people with this condition places challenges on health care, education and training programs.

Source:
>http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-autism-awareness-day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Autism_Awareness_Day

 

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

International Children's Book Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Health category.

Toothache Day

What is a toothache? Wikipedia encyclopedia tells us 'A toothache is an aching pain in or around a tooth. In most cases toothaches are caused by problems in the tooth or jaw, such as cavities, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, infected dental pulp (necessitating root...

World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

On this day, people with Down syndrome and those who live and work with them throughout the world organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and create a single global voice for advocating or the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down...

International Midwives' Day

Today is 'International Midwives Day'. The idea of having a day to recognize and honor midwives came out of the 1987 International Confederation of Midwives conference in the Netherlands. International Midwives' Day was first celebrated May 5, 1991, and has been observed in over 50 nations around...

World Young Doctors' Day

Upon their graduation young doctors start a working life that is very interesting, challenging and rewarding; they can finally bring into practice what they have been studying for many years. Young doctors also have a fresh view of the healthcare system. They experience and question certain...

World Breastfeeding Day

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991 to act on the Innocenti Declaration (1990) to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. As part of its action plan to facilitate and strengthen social mobilisation for breastfeeding, WABA envisioned a global unifying...

International Ataxia Awareness Day

The 'International Ataxia Awareness Day' is an international effort from ataxia organizations around the world to dedicate September 25 as International Ataxia Awareness Day. The goal of IAAD is for every individual to participate in some activity, creating awareness about ataxia. You could...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet