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World Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd

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The Annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was celebrated on April 2nd. This day has been observed as the World Autism Awareness Day since 2008. It was designated by a resolution “62/139. World Autism Awareness Day” by the United Nations General Assembly on 18thDecember 2007.

The WAAD resolution was to raise awareness of autism on all levels in the society and to make all the UN organizations, member states, NGOs and all private and public organizations participate in WAAD. The 8th WAAD was celebrated in their own unique way of fundraising and awareness- raising events.

The Theme of the WAAD 2015 was Employment. It is estimated that 80% of the adults with autism are unemployed. Autism is a condition where a person faces Neurodevelopmental disorders. The characteristics of this illness are Communication difficulties, social difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests. sensory issues and in some cases, cognitive delays.

A cause for Autism disorders is yet to be found. Researchers suggest that though people affected by Autism have neurodevelopmental disorders, they have heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. A lot of care and aid is given to those affected by Autism through the UN, so that they can lead meaningful lives as normal human beings.