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Today is World Autism Awareness Day

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Today, April 2, is the second annual World Autism Awareness Day as proclaimed by the united Nations. It is a day to exercise your compassion and advocacy muscles to join the effort to be sure universal human rights are guaranteed to all people. Think of the difficulty of navigating your own life, then think of doing it with a little understood condition that makes connecting with others a supreme challenge, then think of all of that while living in another country where less about autism is understood, tolerated, or accepted. Fear and ostracizing an individual with autism is the reaction in most global societies. Like many differences, the majority finds it easiest to adopt an out of sight, out of mind mentality, so people are institutionalized and hidden away even when their condition would not call for it in an environment with better understanding.

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Autism Speaks is the world’s largest science and advocacy organization for the disorder, and leads the charge, today with national and international events marking the day, and every day. Yoko Ono will unveil a work of art inspired by World Autism Awareness Day on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange, First Ladies from nations around the globe have recorded public service announcement messages that will be aired on CNN all day today, events are happening in city parks and auditoriums around the world, more than 75 communities in the US, Canada, and the UK are broadcasting special programming from Nick Jr to raise awareness and eliminate fear in young and old alike, and landmark public buildings in urban centers in several

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nations will be lit blue to commemorate the day.

Be part of the day. Be part of the cure. Support the science and support the struggle until the science brings us to the end of this road.

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Autism Awareness

Yesterday, April 1, was U.N. International Autism Awareness Day and today, April 2, is the international celebration of Autism Awareness. April is Autism Awareness Month and an opportunity to commit to understanding more about all the people around us. Here is a list of activities and actions, from the Autism Society, that you can take on behalf of this cause throughout April, and year ’round.

Autism Speaks is an advocacy charity raising awareness and working for change. Last night, the Empire State Building and other iconic North American landmarks were bathed in blue light for autism awareness. Light it Up Blue is putting visual reminders everywhere, giving us all something to talk about. Here are several ways to get involved with Autism Speaks.

Understand. Act. And help others to understand. It reminds me of one of my very favorite quotes in the world, always on my computer’s desktop:

Seek first to understand

Then to be understood