This is for my nephew Jacob. He is lovable, interesting and a fighter. I am proud of him!
In 2007, the United Nations adopted April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in an effort to shine light on this growing international health crisis. WAAD is a world-wide event intended to increase knowledge/awareness, advocate for early diagnosis/intervention and most important to celebrate the unique attributes of persons with Autism.
Today, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continue to rise at an alarming rate, affecting tens of millions worldwide. According to the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 88 children are on the autism spectrum, with boys being diagnosed at a rate of 1 in 54, a rate four to five times higher than for girls.
In 2010, Autism Speaks launched a global initiative called Light It Up Blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. The Light It Up Blue campaign is designed to promote global awareness of Autism. Iconic landmarks around the world are illuminated…
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