World Autism Awareness Day

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World Autism Awareness Day is observed on the 2nd of April every year since 2008. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139. World Autism Awareness Day"; adopted on 18 December 2007, it was proposed by Qatar, and supported by all member states.[1][2][3][4] The resolution had four main components:

  • the establishment of the 2nd day of April as WAAD
  • participation of UN organizations, member states, NGOs and all private & public organizations in WAAD
  • raise awareness of autism on all levels in society
  • to ask the UN Secretary-General to deliver this message to member states and all other UN organs.[3]

Autism Ontario celebrates World Autism Awareness Day by "Raising a Flag" for autism. Municipalities around Ontario raise a flag to raise awareness for autism in their region.[5]

In 2014 WAAD coincided with Onesie Wednesday, a day created by the National Autistic Society to encourage people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to show their support for anyone on the autistic spectrum. By wearing a onesie or pyjamas, participants are saying, "it’s all right to be different".[6]

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  1. ^ "Third Committee calls on Assembly to designate 2 April World Autism Day" (Press release). UN General Assembly. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "General Assembly Adopts Landmark Text Calling for Moratorium on Death Penalty, Adopts 54 Resolutions, 12 Decisions Recommended by Third Committee" (Press release). UN General Assembly. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b United Nations General Assembly Session 62 Resolution 139. A/RES/62/139 page 2. {{{date}}}. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  4. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 62 Verbatim Report 76. A/62/PV.76 {{{date}}}. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  5. ^ Autism Ontario (2012). "World Autism Awareness Day". Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Onesie Wednesday". National Autistic Society. Retrieved 2 April 2014.