The World Autism Awareness Day was observed across the world on April 2, 2019 with an aim to encourage the Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout the world. The theme of World Autism Awareness Day 2018 was “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”.
For people suffering from autism, the access to affordable assistive technologies is a must to enable them to exercise their basic human rights and thereby contribute to the understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Assistive technology can help them participate on an equal basis with others.
• Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life.
• It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status.
• The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly through the resolution 62/139.
• The resolution to proclaim World Autism Awareness Day was passed in the UN Council on November 1, 2007.
• It was in 2008 when the UN General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day.