Happy World Autism Day!

Today marks the fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day! On December 18th 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, declaring that April 2nd of each year will mark World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world come together to “Light It Up Blue” in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them.

Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month, aiming to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, foster worldwide support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. More information is available from https://www.autismspeaks.org/world-autism-awareness-day and https://autism.ie/about/our-work/world-autism-awareness-day/

In honour of this day, you might like to watch this wonderful animation called “Amazing Things Happen” by Alexander Amelines and The National Autistic Society. Alexander’s film gives an uplifting introduction to autism for young non-autistic audiences, aiming to raise awareness, understanding and tolerance in future generations.