Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world – affecting approximately 67 million people. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on it as a growing global health crisis.
Today, the 2nd of April, organisations and individuals around the world celebrate with unique fund raising and awareness-raising events in the hope to aid in the ongoing research into Autism as well as to educate the world on what Autism is, to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention.
World Autism Awareness Day also 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.
Here’s how you can get involved on World Autism Awareness Day:
Join the Light It Up Blue campaign: Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honour of
the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Individuals everywhere wear blue in honor of our community.
Join the global community by using #LIUB when sharing your Light it Up Blue moments on social media.
Inform yourself about Autism and share that knowledge with others in your life and on over social media.
Make a donation: You can SMS ‘blue’ to 40407 to donate R20 or follow this link to Autism South Africa’s donation page: aut2know.co.za/how-to-donate/