World Autism Awareness Day
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World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated on April 2nd of each year. This year will be the fourteenth annual celebration of this day. World Autism Awareness Day is used as a day to bring awareness to individuals with autism. Additionally, it is important for the public to educate themselves about the characteristics, severity, and presentation of symptoms of those with autism so that they are not causing harm and perpetuating bias and stereotypes against those with autism. According to National Today, ⅔ of those diagnosed with autism have experienced severe bullying.
Learn more by visiting the Autism Society of America.
Events During World Autism Awareness Day
Normally, Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place throughout the entire month of April, however, these events might look a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Each community might be different; however, many events are most likely going to be held virtually this year. In a normal year, the activities that are held are used to bring awareness and increase understanding for those with autism. The goal for this month is to bring in support and inspire a more inclusive community. The theme for World Autism Awareness Day is “Light It Up Blue”. This is in recognition for those with autism and for those who love and support them.
Other things that can be done to show support on this day is to educate yourself. Not only it is important to attend events such as these, but it is also extremely important to educate yourself further, not only on April 2, 2021 but also throughout the entire year. You can also show your support by sharing the information that you find online so that others can get educated as well. There are many people who do not know about autism, so it is important to be a voice. Become an advocate by educating others around you.
If you are interested in attending an inclusion event, the United Nations is hosting a virtual event titled, Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World. This event is being held on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 9:00 am.
You can register for the event at: https://www.un.org/en/observances/autism-day
Help to create a kinder, more inclusive world.
Author: Samantha Potocnik– Samantha is an intern at EVOLVE and a student at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.