Every 2 April is a UN observance called “World Autism Awareness Day”. It was instituted in 2007 to increase world awareness of the millions of autistic children in our world, and there are reports that awareness and research have indeed greatly increased as a result of the awareness day.
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World Autism Awareness Day is one of only four specifically health related UN observance days. The developmental, communication, and social problems caused by autism can often lead to discrimination or to of a need for special parental care and medical intervention. Autism Day is meant to counteract any discrimination that may occur against those with autism and their carers by creating greater understanding in societies across the world.
On World Autism Day, public and private organisations all over the world that are dedicated to fighting autism and helping those with autism come together and hold special events. There are often research programs alongside the public awareness and fundraising campaigns.