World Autism Awareness Day

For those who might not be aware, April 2 is “World Autism Awareness Day.” The purpose of “World Autism Awareness Day” is to help raise awareness of autism on a global scale. It was first proposed as resolution 62/139 by the United Nations General Assembly as a supplemental provision to the UN’s continuing efforts to improve human rights. The resolution was passed on November 1, 2007 and adopted on December 18, 2007.

Autism is also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and is an umbrella term that is used to cover an array of different brain development disorders. Those who have ASD can have difficulties engaging in socialization, dealing with verbal and nonverbal communication, and can engage in repetitive behavior. Accompanying these facts, those with ASD can have intellectual disabilities as well as having difficulties when it comes to motor coordination and attention.

One way people choose to acknowledging “World Autism Awareness Day” is by dressing up in blue clothing.  Also, thousands of homes, businesses, and major landmarks will be lighting up their buildings and structures in blue light.  This will include New York City Hall, University of Pittsburgh Cathedrial of Learning, US Bank Tower (Los Angeles), the Suez Canal, and Sears Tower, just to name a few.  If you would like to see a map of where all the buildings and structures are going to be lit up in blue, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about autism, a good place to start is by visiting the Autism Speaks website, the UN website page pertaining to the matter, or the Exceptional Children Foundation website. Feel free to also conduct research of your own into the matter, especially with reputable and reliable sites and sources. After visiting these pages and conducting your own research, if you feel like getting involved in raising awareness or otherwise helping, we encourage you to do so.  You can also donate to the MindSpark Training Academy in order to help those with autism to obtain the necessary training for a career in software testing.

So with all of that said, MindSpark kindly asks that you join us in acknowledging “World Autism Awareness Day.”

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