April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

Even as a form of disability, autism is a part of the human experience that contributes to human diversity.

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As such, the United Nations has emphasized the need to mainstream disability in the organization’s development agenda. This requires an integral approach in evaluation of policies and programs so that inequality is not perpetuated.

World Autism Awareness Day was proposed by the United Nations, and the resolution was passed and adopted without a vote in the General Assembly, as a supplement to previous UN initiatives to improve human rights. Since its inception, autism awareness and research around the world has boomed as a result. World Autism Day is also one of only four official health-specific United Nation Days.

On this World Autism Awareness Day, I call for advancing the rights of individuals with autism and ensuring their full participation and inclusion as valued members of our diverse human family who can contribute to a future of dignity and opportunity for all.
— U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The day brings individual autism organizations around the world together to aid in research, diagnoses, treatment and overall awareness for those with the disorder and looking for help.

In September 2015, the United Nation General Assembly adopted the ambitious new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that promise to leave no one behind.

The 2016 observance of World Autism Awareness Day looks ahead to 2030 and reflects on the new Sustainable Development Goals for improving the lives of people with autism, particularly in terms of quality education, economic growth, and the reduction of inequalities.

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