Help us at Spectrum Intervention Group to raise awareness and recognize World Autism Awareness Day.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) with the goal of bringing the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions globally. It is estimated that 1 in 88 children fall on the autism spectrum. The UN made this unanimous decision to “to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.” Support continues throughout the month of April in much of the world as it is also considered Autism Awareness Month.
In Canada, on October 23, 2012, a World Autism Awareness Day bill was passed in the House of Commons, officially recognizing April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day throughout Canada.
How you can recognize World Autism Awareness Day:
Light it Up Blue
Launched by Autism Speaks in 2010, Iconic landmarks around the world “Light It Up Blue” in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day to show their support! This event has nearly 3000 structures in 600 cities in 45 countries lit up blue to shine a light on Autism. Families and schools can also participate by wearing blue on April 2nd, or by putting on a blue light, for more ideas see;
Raise a Flag
Autism Ontario offers flags to schools and the public and organizes flag raising ceremonies in order to help the community learn more about autism.
Autism on the Hill
On April 2nd, 2014, QuickStart is inviting people to join them on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event takes place from 12 noon to 12:45 to raise awareness.