World Autism Awareness Day 2013 intends to raise awareness of this medical issue so that early intervention can be found for those suffering from autism.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the US Center For Disease Control (CDC) is trying to raise awareness of the fact that autism and vaccines are not linked. About one in ten parents still refuse or delay providing their children with potentially life-saving vaccinations because of this long-standing myth.
Another study published in Pediatrics shows the autism risk in babies are linked to the childhood abuse of the mothers. Although correlation does not equate to causation, research linked an autism correlation of abuse victims to an increased likelihood of being teen mothers by 20 percent.
World Autism Awareness Day 2013 will probably point to a recent report by the CDC that says autism affects one in 50 United States school age children. The number of reported instances of autism have jumped dramatically since 2007 when the number of children effected by autism was said to be only one in 88 children. Although, the new statistic comes from a national phone survey of parents while the older number was derived from medical and school records, so the former number might be more accurate.
World Autism Awareness Day 2013 is being supported by Autism Speaks‘ fourth-annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign, a global initiative to raise funds and increase awareness of autism. More than 7,000 iconic structures and landmarks in 90 countries will shine a bright blue spotlight on autism.
The United Nations is commemorating World Autism Awareness Day 2013 by putting Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on the agenda this coming month. Today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential. International attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures.”
Around the world, Twitter users are using the hash tag #WAAD to spread the news:
It’s Autism Awareness Day! 1 in 50 born on the spectrum. Becoming more prevalent (since it is adaptive change within the human genome) #WAAD
— Scott Cook (@__scottcook) April 2, 2013
— Amy Cook (@amythecook) April 2, 2013
What are you doing to raise awareness during World Autism Awareness Day 2013?