Did you know that autism is currently estimated to affect 1 in 68 children? When looking only at boys, that number rises to 1 in 42! As we learn more about this disorder, diagnoses continue to rise, and the need for further research and awareness increases. To help raise awareness for Autism, on December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. World Autism Awareness Day is one of only four official health-specific United Nations Days and encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention.
One way people have shown their support for World Autism Awareness Day is by “lighting it up blue.” Autism Speaks began this campaign to give people and organizations around the world a way to visually raise awareness for autism on a large scale. Here in NYC, iconic stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdales will be lit up in blue on April 2, as well as One World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden. Even the NYC sanitation trucks will be decked out in blue! International landmarks like the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, will be lighting it up blue too.
To help do our part to raise awareness here at Speech Associates of NY, we’ll be dedicating our blogs for the month of April to issues in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD): what they are, how they impact communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help! Tune in next week to learn more about early signs of autism and learn the answers to some FAQs.
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