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World Autism Awareness Day

Today, 2nd April 2019,marks the day when the world turns blue in honour of World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The primary objective for WAAD is to highlight the challenges that people with autism, their friends and their families, face daily.

From the UAE’s Burj Khalifa, and Pyramids of Egypt, to Canada’s Niagra Falls and the London Eye, famous landmarks all around the world are being turned blue to show solidarity. Supporters of WAAD are wearing blue clothing as well as sharing their stories across social media using the hashtag #LightItUpBlue to help raise awareness.

On WAAD and throughout the month of April, local organisations and charities will be hosting an array of events and activities, aiming to help educate others about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as celebrate the unique talents and personalities of those with autism.

Did you know that today 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism? This eyebrow-raising statistic is even more concerning when we counter in the fact there has been a 15 percent increase in the diagnosis of autism in children since the last research study conducted by Autism Speaks in 2016. Unfortunately, signs of this rate rising year-on-year are also evident, and indicate no signs of slowing down.

Passionately involved in delivering Special Education Needs projects in Abu Dhabi and around the world, Shamal will continue to share information and content surrounding Autism on our blog and social media channels. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.