World Autism Awareness Day occurs on April 2nd every year. The day aims to increase people’s awareness about people, especially children, with autism. Educational events for teachers, health care workers and parents, as well as exhibitions showcasing work created by children with autism.
- AWARENESS: We have become aware that the diagnoses of autism are on the rise.
Practicality and significance: More and more people of all ages and backgrounds are affected by this disorder, so it is more likely to touch someone you know.
- ATTENTION: Now that we have become aware, we can pay attention to the signs of autism.
Practicality and significance: Autism can only be diagnosed by observation, so it is up to everyone in the childâ€™s life to be watchful.
- ACTION: Once we are aware, we can report what we see and hear to the childâ€™s caregivers, educators, doctors, and family and friends.
Practicality and significance: The earlier a diagnosis of autism is established, the sooner treatment which involves the help of all of the significant people in the childâ€™s life can begin for the best quality of life.
- ACCEPTANCE: While treatment helps the child progress through life, autism presents challenges throughout the lifespan. We need to be sensitive to the differences that people with autism have.
Practicality and significance: Our focus is on the person, not the disability.
- ADVOCACY: When we have become fully aware, attentive, action-oriented, and accepting of the person with autism, we must advocate for them.
Practicality and significance: At the heart of autism is difficulty relating to other people in society and trouble communicating. Therefore, people with autism rely on us to be their voices and their supporters
It so happens that World Autism Awareness Day also falls on Love Our Children Day which occurs the first Saturday of April each year. This day was created to acknowledge the value of children and to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection and respect. These three essential elements when given to children can help them to become strong and successful adults. Helping our children stay healthy and happy they can feel as if they belong and grow up to become strong and successful adults. The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, by Love Our Children USA
Find out what you can do to show all our children we love them. For ideas how to get involved visit here