Thursday, 2 April 2015

Autism Awareness Day Lights the World in Blue

By: Izabela Pitula

As dusk falls on April 2nd, many buildings around the world will light themselves blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. This is a day for people all around the globe to come together to raise awareness about a disorder that is diagnosed in 1 in 88 children. As it keeps on growing, it is more important than ever to raise vital awareness about this lifelong disorder.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socioeconomic status. It is characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and activities.

World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to bring the world’s attention to autism. On October 23, 2012, a World Autism Awareness Day bill was passed by members of the House of Commons in Canada. Bill S-206 officially recognizes April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in Canada. Liberal Senator Jim Munson remarked that “the passing of this bill demonstrates that Canadian lawmakers care about autism and autism awareness.”

In 2012, nearly 3000 structures in over 600 cities, 45 countries and six continents illuminated in blue to shine a bright light on autism. Buildings from the CN Tower in Toronto to the Sydney Opera House in Australia turn themselves blue on April 2nd to help shine a light on the fastest growing serious developmental disorder in the world. This is an opportunity to get family, friends and workplaces on board to draw attention to the needs of those affected by autism and to educate people on what autism is.

So show your support HT and wear blue today!!!

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