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World Autism Awareness Day

 

In this episode I feature "Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families," an event held on The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum to support military families who have loved ones with autism. I also highlight several individuals who spoke about autism at the event including Bob Woodruff, Jeffrey Alan Hoffman, Michael Strautmanis, John Larson and Bob and Suzanne Wright.

 

The NBA lent it support to raising autism awareness on the eve of World Autism Awareness Day as the announcers and coaches for the games broadast by ABC on April 1 wore the Autism Speaks puzzle pin. During the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Oklahoma City Thunder, announcer Mike Tirico explained the presence of the pin and and spoke about autism awareness month. Check out the photos below.

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.

It was a great morning aboard the iconic Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Saturday, March 31st as families came out for the Autism Speaks Salutes Military Families event. More than 200 guests joined us for this special event to kick off Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day.