New Delhi: April 2 is celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness month. Parents and professionals in this field use this as an opportunity to make society aware of the struggles of the Autism community.
This year, the theme is ‘Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World’. This day was passed by Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, United Nations' representative from Qatar. It was passed on November 1, 2007 and adopted on December 18, 2007.
On this day, people wear blue to express solidarity with the cause. On April 2, Orane Kids School in Sector 71, Noida, celebrated World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), with full gusto. The students were treated with a movie 'JUMBO' and it followed by foods and drinks. Unlike, any other day WAAD is a day dedicated to celebrating and embracing the individuals with Autism.
All the school kids were happy to receive gifts on this special day. All the teachers planned this beautiful day for the kids and they also danced with little ones. Children’s “Urooz Didi,” owner of a restaurant 'Street Temptations' and council member of Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) also came to meet them and gave her love and blessings.
What is Autism?
It is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Autism is mainly characterised by its unique social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical communications, and particular ways of processing sensory information.
Simmi Vasu, Principal of Orane Kids School said, “This day makes people aware that a person with Autism may be different but is no less. They deserve equal opportunity and full inclusion in the society. People wear blue on this day, so let's paint the town blue this month.”