World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2013

On April 2, international attention is drawn to autism; a condition that is common, yet often misunderstood.

Autism is a complex disorder that affects the brain. It impairs an individual’s social and communication abilities and often causes them to display unusual or repetitive behaviours.

Autism is quite common – approximately 1 in 150 people are diagnosed with it.

Despite the high prevalence of autism, these people experience many barriers in everyday life, including lack of access to accurate diagnosis, appropriate therapies, education, employment and social inclusion.

This is why World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly six years ago as an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world.

Around the world, a huge range of events and activities are held to raise awareness of autism on this day and buildings are lit up in blue at night as part of the ‘Light It Up Blue’ initiative.

Find out more:

About autism:

The United Nations Secretary-General’s message on World Autism Awareness Day 2013:   

Events and activities throughout Europe for World Autism Awareness Day 2013:

‘Light It Up Blue’ buildings lit up in blue at night to raise awareness about autism: