World Autism Awareness Day - 2 April

World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 Apri to raise awareness about autism and educate people about it. 

World Autism Day is one of only seven official health-specific UN Days. It was proposed by Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, the United Nations Representative from Qatar.  United Nations General Assembly designated the day by resolution (A/RES/62/139), passed in council on November 1, 2007, and adopted on December 18, 2007. 

World Autism Day 2023 Theme

The theme for 2023 is "Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts and in policymaking"

Previous Themes
2012: "Launch of Official UN "Awareness Raising" Stamp"
2013: "Celebrating the ability within the disability of autism"
2014: "Opening Doors to Inclusive Education"
2015: "Employment: The Autism Advantage"
2016: "Autism and the 2030 Agenda: Inclusion and Neurodiversity"
2017: "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination"
2018: "Empowering Women and Girls with Autism"
2019: "Assistive Technologies, Active Participation"
2020: "The Transition to Adulthood"
2021: "Inclusion in the Workplace"
2022: "Inclusive Quality Education for All" 

What is Autism?
Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual.
The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours.
Early recognition, as well as behavioural, educational and family therapies may reduce symptoms and support development and learning.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Main Symptoms
Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people.
Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.
Symptoms that affect their ability to function in school, work, and other areas of life.

Signs of autism usually appear by age 2 or 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

Autism is the world's third most common developmental disability, a neurological illness that usually manifests by the age of three. In India, it is estimated that around 18 million people have Autism

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