world autism awareness day, April 2nd

Please join AutismUGA, as well as nations across the world, in observing April 2, 2009 as Autism Awareness Day

http://www.worldautismawarenessday.org

From the United Nations:

On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity.

This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all 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. 

World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and  impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. 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.

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, inclusion and hope. 

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AutismUGA will be set up in Tate Plaza from 10am-2pm on April 2nd with information about autism and how to make a positive difference in the lives of affected families in Northeast Georgia.

If you would like to donate to autism research and treatment, AUGA now has the capability to facilitate donations to Autism Speaks online. Simply click on the “How To Give” link at the top of the screen. AUGA has currently raised over $4000 for autism research and treatment. Help us reach our $10,000 goal by donating today!

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