World #AutismAwarenessDay designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution “62/139, is an internationally recognized day every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world. World Autism Awareness Day is an effort to not only speak out against the discrimination of people with #autism and to recognize the potential of #people living with it.
The word “autism” comes from the Greek word “autos,” which means “self.” It describes conditions in which an individual is removed from social interaction and becomes an “isolated self.” Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist, was the first person to use the term.
#ASD recognises a broad range of social, cognitive and behavioural challenges, including communication. Speech and language skills may be developed often unevenly, many children having good memories, reading at an early age, and not necessarily comprehending what is read, or having strong vocabulary in a particular area of interest. They tend to have limited non-verbal skills, not using meaningful gestures and avoiding eye contact. The best way to communicate with an individual with autism include being specific and to the point, giving time for their processing of information, being obvious and avoiding abstract or metaphorical language, such as sarcasm.
Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousand of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding, acceptance and foster worldwide support.
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This year, the theme is ‘Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World’.