World Autism Awareness Day 2023
April 2 is observed as World Autism Awareness Day. The day aims to generate awareness around the neurodevelopment disorder or set of collective conditions related to a neurological disorder known as autism. World Autism Awareness Day is observed by United Nations and it decides the theme and agenda of the day. The significance of day rises in a scenario where medical research and development can now cure almost all types of neurodevelopment disorders, but the autistic community at large still faces discrimination. World Autism Awareness Day is a step towards empowering, showing solidarity, and ensuring accessible spaces for all. The article below has the all information on World Autism Awareness Day 2023 Theme, History, and Significance.
What is Autism
Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, socialize, and interact with others. It is called a “spectrum” disorder because it can manifest itself in a variety of ways and with varying degrees of severity.
Common characteristics of autism include difficulty with social interactions, communication difficulties (both verbal and non-verbal), repetitive behaviors or interests, and sometimes sensory sensitivities. The exact causes of autism are still not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. There is currently no known cure for autism, but early intervention and therapy can help individuals with autism develop skills to navigate their lives more effectively.
World Autism Awareness Day History
The proposal for World Autism Awareness Day was put forth by Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, the United Nations Representative from Qatar in 2007. Considering the number of people suffering from Autism the proposal received support from all United Nations member states. Subsequently through the United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/RES/62/139) as passed on November 1, 2007, April 2 was designated as World Autism Awareness Day.
The first World Autism Awareness Day was observed in 2008. The year 2023 marks the 16 anniversary of World Autism Awareness Day. Every year the day sees various events, lectures, awareness generation programs, and online/ offline campaigns.
World Autism Awareness Day Theme
The theme of the day is set by United Nations. The theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2023 is ‘Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All’. The theme is the recognition of major progress has been made in increasing awareness and acceptance of autism. Yet autistic people still face discrimination and other challenges. These challenges often act as barriers in achieving their full potential.
The World Autism Awareness Day 2023 recognizes that as with all populations, autistic people have a number of talents that are often ignored by the world. It also highlights the vulnerability of autistic people to pandemics, wars, and natural disasters etc.
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