World Autism Awareness Day is being celebrated today i.e. 2nd of April 2018. This year's world autism awareness day will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls who are living with autism and encouraging them to fight against the problem.
Girls who are living with an autism disorder generally face multiple challenges including barriers to getting education and employment on an equal rights with others, denial of their reproductive rights and the freedom to make their own choices, and a lack of involvement in policy making on matters that concern them.
In 2008, the first World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated and this has been held every year for 10 years. The day was declared to highlight the need to help and improve the quality of life of those living with autism.
Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for the whole life. This condition basically affects the brain's functions. The first signs of this disorder usually appear before a child is 3 years old.
World Autism Awareness Day aims to put a spotlight on the problems that the people living with autism face every day. Activities are planned every year to further increase and develop knowledge of the ones who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The day often features educational events for teachers, health care workers and parents, as well as exhibitions showcasing work created by children with autism.
On World Autism Awareness Day 2018, let us take a pledge to promote the full participation of all people living with autism, and ensure that they will have the necessary support to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.