World Autism Awareness Day Date in the current year: April 2, 2016

World Autism Awareness Day World Autism Awareness Day is a global awareness day observed annually on April 2. It was established by the UN General Assembly in 2007, and the first observance took place in 2008.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself during the first two or three years of life. It is characterized by impaired communication and social interaction combined with restricted and repetitive behavior. There is no known cure, but early interventions can help children diagnosed with autism develop certain social, communication and self-care skills.

The autistic community is divided into two large camps: the autism cure movement and the autism rights movement. The autism cure movement advocates finding a cure for autism, while the autism rights movement encourages autistic people and stresses that autism should be accepted as a difference rather than treated as a disorder.

World Autism Awareness Day focuses on raising awareness of autism on all levels of society, promoting the rights and well-being of the people living with autism, and highlighting the need to help improve their lives. UN organizations, member states, and all private and public organizations are encouraged to participate and hold appropriate events.

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