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“Working together, we can create a world for persons with disabilities with no limits.”
- United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder

 

Posted by Amy Daniels, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research

[slideshow:2, order=top, width=600, height=490, img=|http://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/images/news/who-round-table-slide-1.jpg|||Attendees of the historic first WHO Consultation on Autism and Developmental Disabilities assembled in the Executive Boardroom of the World Health Organization headquarters this week\, in Geneva\, Switzerland.

On April 2, 2012, Autism Speaks celebrated World Autism Awareness Day with the 3rd Annual Light It Up Blue campaign and a series of awareness events. Nearly 3000 iconic buildings and landmarks in over 600 cities and over 50 countries worldwide shone a bright light on autism. People around the world participated in Light It Up Blue to raise autism awareness.
 

April 2012 marked the biggest World Autism Awareness Month to date and Autism Speaks was at the forefront, leading the charge with our Light it Up Blue initiative. Read on to find out all of the happenings of the month!

Awareness

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.

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.