In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day and April as World Autism Month.
A message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations:
"On World Autism Awareness Day, we recognize and celebrate the rights of persons with autism. This year’s observance takes place in the midst of a public health crisis unlike any other in our lifetimes — a crisis that places persons with autism at disproportionate risk as a result of the coronavirus and its impact on society.
Persons with autism have the right to self-determination, independence and autonomy, as well as the right to education and employment on an equal basis with others. But the breakdown of vital support systems and networks as a result of COVID-19 intensifies the obstacles that persons with autism face in exercising these rights. We must ensure that a prolonged disruption caused by the emergency does not result in rollbacks of the rights that persons with autism and their representative organizations have worked so hard to advance.
On World Autism Awareness Day, let us stand together, support each other and show solidarity with persons with autism." — António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day, let's learn the myths that surround this disorder.