The World Autism Awareness Day is an annual worldwide healthcare event held on the 2nd of April in order to promote acceptance, support, and inclusion of the autistic community, and to advocate for their rights. Accordingly, 2023 marks the 16th observation of the World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder defined by behavioral and communication conditions that impair a person’s interpersonal relationships causing repetitive and restricted behavior. World Autism Awareness Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on “Resolution 62/139” and adopted on December 18, 2007, in response to the ongoing investigation and research into autism. The goal of the resolution was to encourage member states to take action in raising awareness about individuals suffering from ASD and support studies that discover new ways to improve their health and inclusion.
This year’s World Autism Awareness Day theme is “Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts, and in policymaking” which stands as an effort to raise the understanding and acceptance of autistic individuals in society and in work environments. Autism awareness also aids in the acceleration of action and multidisciplinary cooperation by ensuring autism-friendly policies at work.
Additionally, every year on the World Autism Awareness Day week, an awareness campaign called “Light It Up Blue” is organized. Therefore, on April 2nd, “Light It Up Blue” in honor of people with autism and those who respect and support them and join the thousands of landmarks, homes, and communities around the globe in shining a light on the autism community.
Whether you have autism, love someone who does, or wants to support a diverse, accepting, and kind community, let us stand together and promise our support to help all people with autism achieve their full potential!