World Autism Awareness Day was established in 2007 by the United Nations to be held on April 2nd each year to raise global awareness about autism. Autism affects approximately 1 out of every 150 children around the world. It is a neural development disorder that affects ability to socialize normally by impacting abilities to use verbal and non-verbal communication.
Since 2012, there has been a 30% increase in the amount of children being affected with autism, and World Autism Awareness Day helps to bring awareness to this growing health concern.
The prevalence rate of 1 of every 150 makes autism one of the most common developmental disabilities affecting 500,000 individuals in the United States alone. Autism occurs 4 times more frequently in males than females, and frequently occurs in association with other disorders that affect the functioning of the brain, such as epilepsy or metabolic disturbances.
Go BLUE. The fountain at Lake Eola will light up blue – how about you? Wear blue and light up your home or office in blue to shine a light on Autism.
Pledge to Walk. Join or support an Autism Speaks walk. There will be one at Cranes Roost Park on November 16th. Learn more HERE.
- Autism Society of Greater Orlando
- United Nations: 2016 World Autism Day Declaration
- United Nations: Call to Action for Employment of Autistic Individuals
- World Autism Awareness Day
- World Autism Day on Facebook
- Autism Society – Autism Awareness Month