Today is World Autism Awareness Day 2015; halowis a proud supporter of this prestigious and important day.
World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2 April every year since 2008. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution created by the Assembly had four main components:
- the establishment of 2 April as WAAD
- participation of UN organizations, member states, NGOs and all private & public organizations in WAAD
- raise awareness of autism on all levels in society
- to ask the UN Secretary-General to deliver this message to member states and all other UN organs.
It is a day designed to dispel myths about austism, draw people's attention to the disorder and an opportunity for raise funds, support and awareness for charities and organisations around the world who support people with austism.
The day is associated with people wearing onesies, dressing in blue and holding fundraising events for charities.
"Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours."- National Autistic Society
If you would like to make a donation to halow's young people with learning disabilities and autism please click here. Whatever you can give on this important day will make a real difference to their lives.