Autism Awareness International Day 2nd of April
In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. Its purpose is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. It is a vital tool to foster an inclusive and caring society for all and to ensure that all children and adults with autism can lead full and meaningful lives.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.
Autism is mainly characterized by its unique social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical communications and particular ways of processing sensory information.
The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and the lack of understanding has a tremendous impact on the individuals, their families and communities.
The stigmatization and discrimination associated with neurological differences remain substantial obstacles to diagnosis and therapies, an issue that must be addressed by both public policy-makers in developing nations, as well as donor countries.
How is autism day celebrated around the world?
In Romania, for example, there are several events linked to this Day, either marathons on the beach, in cities, concerts and art exhibitions. The volunteers are willing to participate in this type of activities and make a change for a better future. Unfortunatelly not everybody wants to help and the political parties that rule this country tend to mock its people. (helpautism. Autism.ro)
In USA, this day is of great importance as there are so many associations and charity events that work and help the special kids and their families. It is an opportunity to network and help with research and treatment projects for those individuals with this disorder. This day also usually features all kinds of educational events for everyone from parents to teachers to health care workers. And as a result it is not just a day it is a whole month dedicated to promoting rights and services to people with autism and their families. (autismspeaks, autismsociety)
In UK, The National autistic society did something amazing in 2009 by driving a campaign to get the Government to recognise and support autistic people through an Autism Act in England, leading to an autism strategy.
It is trully remarkable how well these international organisations became the voice and changed policies so as to accept and protect the citizens in the Autism Spectrum.
Will you be wearing blue on 2nd of April?