World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is observed on 2 April every year with an intention to bring attention to autism and the complications of living with the neurodevelopmental disorder. It has now become a rapidly growing health problem. But on the brighter side, awareness about autism is now gradually increasing. Every year, WAAD plans activities to further and improve world knowledge of children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The day was first observed in 2007 by the United Nations and the tradition is continued to this day. Rhode Island Family Tries Medical Marijuana for Son with Autism: Can Cannabis Treatment Help Treat Autism Spectrum Disorder?

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2019 Theme

The focus of World Autism Awareness Day 2019 is “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation” WAAD promotes the need to support and enhance the state of life of those with autism so that they can live life to the fullest and providing meaning to their lives and making them an indispensable part of society. The WAAD 2019 will be observed at UN Headquarters. Its primary focus will remain on taking advantage of assistive technologies for people who have autism. Risk Factors That Increase Your Child's Chances of Developing Autism.

Significance of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)

Access to affordable assistive technologies is a major requirement for many people on the autism spectrum, for being capable of exercising their fundamental human rights and engage fully in the life of their societies, and thus contribute in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Assistive technology can lessen or eradicate the obstacles to their involvement equally with others.

Reports prove that observation and study have increased to a considerable amount, as a result of the awareness day. World Autism Awareness tends to celebrate the individual talents of those having autism, while emphasising the warm acceptance and welcome that these abilities deserve through social events throughout the world.

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