World Autism Day takes place on Thursday, April 2nd. Ms. Cayley, one of our Special Education Resource Teachers, has helped arrange for students in Ms. Alexander’s, Ms. Karklin’s, Ms. Read’s and Mr. Hetherington’s class to create posters in preparation for World Autism Day. The posters are being made for the Lindsay Autism association. Ms. Cayley is a true advocate for ALL students at DGH and the larger community. Students in these classes will be working on these posters during this week.
The goal of the posters is to raise awareness of autism.
As World Autism Day draws closer, this is a perfect time to consider why this day has become a major day around the world. The except below is from the Autism Speaks website.
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On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. 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, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.
This UN resolution declares WAAD as one of only four official health-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.
World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, empowerment and hope.