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World Autism Awareness Day

Posted by Mort Greenberg on March 27, 2008

World Autism Awareness Day
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

On December 18, 2007 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 62/139 declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. 

The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges. 

Autism Speaks believes that World Autism Awareness Day will shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities will help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and will impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD will celebrate the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and will be a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. 

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to make this possible.

Events Happening in the Tri-state Area

Barnes & Noble Let’s Be Friends Storytime Event featuring Kim Raver
April 2, 2008
Lincoln Center Triangle, Store # 2628
Time: 4:00pm
More details here

Inaugural World Autism Awareness Day Event at the United Nations
”Panel Discussion on the Global Awareness of Autism: Challenges, Responsibilities and Actions”

  • Hosted by: The Government of the State of Qatar , the World Health Organization and Autism Speaks

Description of event: The event will feature remarks from lawmakers, experts, and families touched by autism as well as a panel discussion about the roles of the international community, NGOs, the private sector, and media in bringing autism awareness to a global level.

Date: April 2, 2008
Time: 3:00-5:30pm
Location: United Nations Secretariat – 42nd and 1st Avenue , New York , NY 10017
RSVP: If you or anyone you know are interested in attending,

Please Contact UsThe deadline for registration is March 24, 2008.

(Please note that adults will need to have a government ID to enter)

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Event for Families with Autism
Date: April 2, 2008
Location: Madison Square Garden
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm with Intermission

Description of event: Feld Entertainment’s Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus will host a special performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City tailored to children with autism and their families. The arena will feature a quiet room set aside for families who might need a stimuli free area and a break, but can still enjoy the show.

Ticket Information: Please Click Here to buy tickets at a discounted rate.

  Please join us for a wonderful day of events!

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day in your Community!

  • Wear your Autism Speaks Pin everywhere you go on April 2
  • Inform your friends and family about WAAD by forwarding this email
  • Read a book about autism (you’ll find some great suggestions here), then donate books about autism that you’ve finished to your local library
  • Encourage your local Mayor to make an World Autism Awareness Day Proclamation
  • Sign up for a Walk Now for Autism event in your community
  • If there is not a walk in your community, participate in the Virtual Walk in honor of World Autism Awareness Day
  • Get your School involved
  • Corporate Ideas for local business involvement
  • How Can I Win a Pin for World Autism Awareness Day?


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