The United Nations have always promoted the rights and well-being of children with developmental disabilities. In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reaffirmed the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all when The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon comments, “Autism is not limited to a single region or a country; it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action.”
Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising event to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives. Instances of autism are skyrocketing along with the costs associated with treating autism, but one of the biggest challenges for parents is teaching the world to accept and adapt to their children.
Today over 300 iconic landmarks around the world will be bathed in blue light as part of a worldwide initiative to help raise awareness about autism. These include theEmpireStatebuilding inNew York, the Opera House in Sydney, the Christ the Redeemer Statue inRio de Janeiroand much more.
Children in Mumbai conducted a march on Saturday evening, bearing placards with autism awareness slogans in protest against the civic body’s decision not to light up the iconic Gateway of India or the BMC headquarters in support of World Autism Awareness Day.
Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices was founded in 1998 by Joshua Weinstein, Ph.D., M.B.A., in response to the growing need in the New York metropolitan area’s education system for programs that effectively fill the learning and emotional requirements of children with autism. “In the past 14 years, Shema Kolainu has served thousands of children with autism and has made a huge difference in improving their lives.” Dr Weinstein comments.
In efforts to raise awareness about autism Dr Weinstein also spearheads a global campaign to bring great minds together for ICare4Autism’s 2012 International Autism Conference. “To tackle the global autism epidemic, we need a community of researchers, educators and advocates that reaches across borders.” said Dr Weinstein. The conference on August 1st and 2nd in Jerusalem will bring together leading medical and educational professionals and researchers working in autism to share groundbreaking research into the causes and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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