What is world autism awareness day and why have one?
Having a day set aside to focus on raising awareness about a particular topic happens for many different reasons, from encouraging people to quit smoking, to the vast sums raised for “children in need” on their special day. To have a special day set aside in the year to raise awareness of autism began in 1989 and in 2007 the State of Qatar put forward a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly to declare April the 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. It was a resolution supported by all member states of the United Nations. “Autism is not limited to a single region or country, it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action” said Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon when the four part resolution was passed. The four parts consisted of,
- The establishment of April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day
- To encourage involvement from all member states of the United Nations, NGO’s and all private and public organisations.
- To raise awareness of autism at all levels in society.
- For the Secretary General to deliver this message.
Each year autism organisations across the UK have been doing their part to respond to this United Nations declaration and take the opportunity to raise awareness of what autism is and the impact it has upon individuals and families.
The work Studio3 does in the field of autism has grown and grown and therefore this year Studio3 have decided to have their own autism awareness event.
this can be found at studio3.org/wad
The intention is to join in the overall campaign of awareness raising but also to bring to peoples attention the need to understand the particular role stress plays for people with autism and their families. Studio3 has now developed links in many parts of the world and one of the most recent places is Ghana in West Africa. As well as raising awareness Studio3 hope to raise much needed funds for this particular NGO in central Ghana that works with children and adults who have a disability, many of whom have autism. One of the staff team (Sue Hatton) has visited this project several times and run a range of training workshops for the care givers as well as spending time with the individuals with autism working alongside those who support them. In August 2013 Sue will be returning to Ghana to offer further training and support to this very worthwhile project.
So why not come along to this unique event for world autism day where you will discover some new and innovative information in relation to autism and make a contribution to raising money for the Hand in Hand Project in Ghana.