Christine Davis: Did you know that Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability affecting approximately 67 million worldwide? This year alone, more children will be diagnosed with Autism than diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined. The odds of being diagnosed with Autism are 1 in 150 and it is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism occurs in all racial, ethical and social groups.
As a mom in the special needs community I have a lot of friends whose children have been diagnosed with Autism. On April 2, 2009 a very exciting event is going on worldwide - World Autism Awareness Day.
World Autism Awareness day was created to shine light on Autism as a global health crisis. In December of 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139 naming today World Autism Awareness Day. It was first observed in 2008 and the goal of the awareness day is to encourage all UN nations to take measures to raise awareness to Autism, and to promote early behavioral intervention and early diagnosis. Another purpose of the day is to highlight the skills and talents of individuals with Autism.
Some of the exciting events that are taking place in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day include:
- Ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange
- Several first ladies and dignitaries have recorded public service announcements that will air on CNN and countries worldwide
- In Central Park there will be a unique event to highlight the 1 in 150 rate
- Walk on the Web with Wubbzy website
There will be many events in communities across the world during the month of April (Autism Awareness month). I encourage you to be a part of your community and attend an event to show your support.
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