World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April

Logo of World Autism Awareness Day, figures holding hands around a globe

World Autism Day was agreed by the United Nations in 2007. It is intended to bring the world's attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions, by encouraging 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. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

Resources

World Autism Awareness Day

Every year on 2 April, autism organisations around the world celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.

Autism Toolbox

The aim of this resource is to draw upon a range of practice experience, literature and research to offer guidance for authorities and schools in their provision for autistic children and young people.

Resource calendar

Links to resources to support learning related to celebrations, awareness days and action weeks throughout the year.

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