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United Nations Panel Discussion Event

On April 3, we were honored to co-host a United Nations panel discussion, “Delivering Answers through Inclusive International Collaboration,” together with the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, the United States Mission, and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations. The event served as a platform to bring the international community together in an effort to shed light on autism’s effect on families around the world, and what measures are being taken by leaders to better facilitate resources and services.

Tune In for 'The Dr. Radio Show' on Sirius and XM

Join our very own Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Karen Hopkins, a developmental pediatrician at NYU and Dr. Diana Robins of Georgia State who focuses on early screening of autism spectrum disorders. Currently, her two main areas of research are further improvement of screening for autism in the primary care setting using the M-CHAT, and study of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social cognition, using functional neuroimaging.

United Nations Autism Awareness Stamps

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who are affected by the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue stamps and first day covers on 2 April 2012 in recognition of World Autism Day. The stamps, and the artists who designed them, will together raise awareness about this important global cause.

Vatican Calls for Sensitivity on World Autism Awareness Day

In recognition of the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2012, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care at the Vatican, issued "An Appeal for Sensitivity and Supportive Solidarity Towards Autistic People and their Families."  The full text of the message appears below.

Message of Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski
President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers
for the Fifth World Autism Day
(2 April 2012)

Tune in Alerts

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its estimate of autism prevalence in the United States to 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls). By comparison, this is more children than are affected by diabetes, AIDS, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy or Down syndrome – combined.*