02 April 2011

World Autism Day

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity.

Once thought to be a rare disorder, autism is now diagnosed in 1 out of every 110 children in the US. Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability that affects an individual's communicative and social abilities, sensory processing can also be affected. WAAD hopes to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and share the inspiring stories of individuals on the autism spectrum who attended college, live on their own, marry, have children, and those who require lifelong supervision and support.