Each Year World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is recognised lnternationally on April 2nd. Many unique fundraising and awareness-raising events are organised, to help support people living with ASD and their families.
Some events range from dressing blue for the day or watching the lighting up of global landmarks and buildings in blue.
The whole month of April is Autism Awareness Month and you can experience many events throughout April.
Many images and experiences from the month of April will be able to be viewed across social media.
ABOUT WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY
On 18 December 2007, the United Nations declared that 2 April each year will be World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and it is one of only four official health-specific UN Days.
*’Light It Up Blue’ is one of the largest global initiatives. Lighting the sails of the Sydney Opera a beautiful blue, is the first building to turn blue each year, followed by iconic landmarks around the globe. You can use #Liub to share your experience across social media and images can be viewed on Instagram @autismspeaks Visit the UN WAAD Website for more information.
* ‘Go Yellow’ on Saturday 2nd April raises awareness for females with Autism on World Autism Awareness Day. Change your social media page to yellow, use the campaign hashtags #goyellow #goyellowau and if you are in Melbourne head down and see the iconic Melbourne Star Observation Wheel ‘Go Yellow’ in the evening. Visit Instagram @yellowladybugs_autism or the Yellow Lady Bugs Website http://yellowladybugs.com.au for more information.
**Show your support for World Autism Day April 2nd by changing your facebook profile image to blue and yellow. Download the image on the Melbourne Autism Expo Website (Home Page), which can be found on our Links page. The Melbourne Autism Expo 2016 – Celebrating Difference is held on Sat April 30th, Ringwood, in the state of Victoria. Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists and our Animal Assisted Therapy Dogs are happy be attending this event.
The Karralyka Centre in Ringwood will also be lighting up blue and yellow to support WAAD.
*Sensory Friendly Films, including the short film Spectrospective are available to be viewed April 2nd for families living with Autism. This is at select Village Cinema locations in the state of Victoria and is organised in partnership with AMAZE (Formerly Autism Victoria). Village Cinema can also be found on @villagecinemas
More up to date, local events can also be found on AMAZE Facebook https://www.facebook.com/autismvictoria/timelinefacebook
A PROUD DAY
April 2 is such a significant day for the autism community worldwide. It’s an opportunity to recognise individuals on the spectrum, their abilities, their strengths and their contribution to our community. A proud day for autism families across the globe.
At Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists we are looking forward to an exciting April. Our clinic has Psychologists that specialise in the Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD), Aspergers Syndrone(AS), Living with a Disability, Assessments and more.