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World Autism Awareness Day

2 April 2023

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Throughout its history, the United Nations family has celebrated diversity and promoted the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, including learning differences and developmental disabilities.

 

In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD] entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. Its purpose is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. It is a vital tool to foster an inclusive and caring society for all and to ensure that all children and adults with autism can lead full and meaningful lives.

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.

Autism is a lifelong neurological condition that manifests during early childhood, irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status. The term Autism Spectrum refers to a range of characteristics. Appropriate support, accommodation and acceptance of this neurological variation allow those on the Spectrum to enjoy equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society.

Autism is mainly characterized by its unique social interactions, non-standard ways of learning, keen interests in specific subjects, inclination to routines, challenges in typical communications and particular ways of processing sensory information.

The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and the lack of understanding has a tremendous impact on the individuals, their families and communities.

The stigmatization and discrimination associated with neurological differences remain substantial obstacles to diagnosis and therapies, an issue that must be addressed by both public policy-makers in developing nations, as well as donor countries.

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Secretary-General's Message for 2023

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"We must do better – by promoting inclusive education, equal employment opportunities, self-determination, and an

environment where every

person is respected."

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Theme:

Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home,

at work, in the arts and in policymaking

"On World Autism Awareness Day, we celebrate the contributions

of persons with autism and renew our resolve to

advance their inherent rights.

Despite important progress, persons with autism continue to face

social and environmental barriers to the full exercise of

their rights and fundamental freedoms,

in line with the

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

and the 

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We must do better – by promoting inclusive education, equal employment opportunities, self-determination, and an

environment where every person is respected.

And as we do so, we also recognize the role of

families, caregivers, and support

networks in the lives of persons with autism.

Today and every day, let us fully recognize the active and

diverse contributions of persons with autism to our

societies – and let us work together with

persons with autism to build an

inclusive and accessible world for all."

Quote Courtesy:  UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

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Learn more about

World Autism Awareness Day

on the following web pages:

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The following video of 2016 tells of . . .

Benjamin's Story

An interview with former United Nations

Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

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Young film-maker Benjamin Rosloff’s visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and his interview with UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Before the interview, Benjamin had the opportunity to explore and film the building including art and photo exhibits from all over the world. The video – produced for the World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2016) – reflects on Benjamin’s future and how it relates to major global issues.

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What is Autism?

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It's time for "Children"

to Learn More!

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Learn more about Autism: 

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UN Chief calls for greater inclusion, marking World Autism Awareness Day

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REMEMBER . . .

"Autistic Children"

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are also Children of . . .

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"Humanity"

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in every place . . .

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Around the World!

Video Courtesy, BBC News Africa

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Now is the time to . . .

LEARN MORE:

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If you’ve missed the work of EPACHA in its Phase I duration, please be encouraged to click on the below web links.

Sincerest Thanks are Extended to http://archive.org/web/ for having made possible an archived viewing of

 

EPACHA Foundation’s entire volume of its Phase I web pages:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180321225044/http://www.epacha.org/Pages/Home_Page_BkUp3.aspx

Complete List of EPACHA - Phase I web pages:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180321224129/http://www.epacha.org/Pages/Site_Map_List_of_EPACHAs_Web_Pages.aspx

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