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World Autism Awareness Day, which is celebrated every second of April, aims to increase people’s awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This day includes events for educators, healthcare professionals, and parents, as well as activities showcasing the works of children with ASD.
See the fact file below for more information on the World Autism Awareness Day or alternatively, you can download our 19-page World Autism Awareness Day worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- Although World Autism Awareness Day is not a public holiday, varied events are showcased in the aim of raising awareness about this condition. The following are some of the events organized for this day.
- Panel discussions with experts on ASD, politicians, and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives
- Informational events for parents of children with autism
- Conferences and workshops for professionals working with people with autism
- Artistic workshops for people with autism
- Television and radio shows, as well as newspaper and website features of the lives of people with autism
- Launching of educational materials for people with autism
- Display of banners to increase public awareness of autism
- This year’s theme is on “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”, as declared by the United Nations.
- The awareness day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 62/139.
- World Autism Awareness Day was passed in council on November 1, 2007 and was adopted on December 18, 2007.
- The awareness day was proposed by the United Nations representative from Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and supported by all member states.
- World Autism Awareness Day is one of the seven health-specific UN Days, along with World Health Day (7 April), World Water Day (22 March), World No-Tobacco Day (31 May), the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June), World Mental Health Day (10 October), World Diabetes Day (14 November), and World AIDS Day (1 December).
WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
- Joined by the international community, thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes, and communities around the world, “light it up blue” in recognition of people living with autism.
- Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communications. Since it covers a large spectrum of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, autism is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Children with ASD have trouble with social interaction and communication. They have difficulties understanding what other people think and feel. On the other hand, they also find it hard to express themselves using words, gestures, facial expressions, and touch.
- Children with ASD may feel pain just by sounds, touches, smells, or sights that seem usual to most people. Others may develop repetitive movements such as rocking, pacing, or hand flapping, may have unusual attachments to objects, may have resistance to change, or may have aggressive tendencies.
- Because it is a spectrum, some children with ASD are cognitively delayed to a certain degree while others have above-average intellectual functioning.
- ASD has no single cause, and its symptoms vary from mild to severe. These symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning (DSM-V).
- Symptoms include delayed speech and language skills, echolalia (repeating the same phrase over and over again), inability to understand one’s own emotions or those of others, and inability to recognize sarcasm or jokes.
World Autism Awareness Day Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about World Autism Awareness Day across 19 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use World Autism Awareness Day worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the World Autism Awareness Day, which is celebrated every second of April, aims to increase people’s awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This day includes events for educators, healthcare professionals, and parents, as well as activities showcasing the works of children with ASD.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- World Autism Awareness Day Facts
- What We Know
- ASD Symptoms
- What the Fact?
- Flyers for a Cause
- Temple Grandin
- Grandin Quotes
- Famous with ASD
- Awareness Campaign
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