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- Created on Monday, 02 April 2012 11:46
Today we celebrate the world autism awareness day.
It is an event to get people know more about autism.
Autism is a disability that makes it hard to understand other people
Today, Inclusion Europe celebrates the world autism awareness day. This is the fifth annual autism awareness day. Different events and campaigns will take place to celebrate, to raise awereness towards the needs of autistic people and their families.
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 in perpetuity. This UN resolution is one of only three official health-specific United Nations Days. The aim of this day is to convey the world's attention towards autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.
Autism is a disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high, approximately 1 in 150 and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies. To highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives the UN decided to commemorate them once a year.
In honour of the celebration, UN Postal Administration is issuing 8 special stamps to raise awareness of the disorder. The stamps, available in dollars, Euros and Swiss Franks depict painting by 8 artists with autism.
Also in honour of this day, several stock exchange markets across the world have decided to ring a bell this morning. This has taken place in various cities across Europe including Paris, Brussels, Warsaw and Lisbon.
However the big event is taking place between last night and tonight with the ‘light it up blue campaign’. Last year 250 monuments in 48 different countries were lighten. Blue lights have been set to illuminate emblematic buildings and symbols in every city across the world. The Empire State Building, the Niagara Falls and the Cristo Redentor are all examples of this campaign. Moreover, citizens across the globe are also attempting to illuminate their houses or yards. In Europe, buildings like La Bourse in Brussels and the Palace of Versailles will be illuminated tonight.
Moreover this campaign has created a big movement in France called « La France En Bleu» (France in blue) because the great national cause of 2012 was awarded to autism. Unapei, Inclusion Europe's French partner is participating, along with other associates in this campaign to raise awareness and mobilise society.
FEAPs calls to end myths surrounding autism
FEAPS, also member of Inclusion Europe, has taken advantage of the world autism awareness day to make a call against myths surrounding autism. They explained in their communication that a lot of people today still believe autism is due to lack of love from the mother during the early development of the child. They also explained that people with autism are capable of having feelings and expressing them, they can also improve their communication skills with the right support.