2nd April 2012 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day that was designated by the United Nations in 2008 to raise public awareness of autism.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that emerges early in life and which results from a neurological disorder of the brain. If affects millions of people across the world irrespective of class, gender, race or economic status. It results in what is known as the triad of impairments in communication, social interaction and fleibility of thought which leads to restricted and repetitive behaviour and interests. In addition there are also sensory difficulties such as an over sensitivity or under sensitivity to touch, sound, sight, taste and movement.
In order to improve understanding of autism and asperger syndrome, World autism Awareness Day is an annual event in which people are encouraged to participate in events that are designed to raise awareness in society. It is also a day to celebrate the unique talents of people with autism and aspergers and to unite across the world.
With this in mind fellow blogger Claire from A boy with aspergers would like as many people as possible to join in with her project for World Autism Awareness Day and to contribute to a “collage of pictures”. Intrigued? This is what Claire has to say about it:
“Bloggers… with the power of your influential voice, your blogs can reach a 1000 voices or more…
Please Join me in creating awareness, by wearing something that resembles the colours that make up the autism puzzle or something that resembles autism. Maybe wear a T with the awareness ribbon or a puzzle piece displayed across your chest and back, paint your face, design an eye mask, just let your creativity run wild, then write on a large piece of card, “Doing it for World Autism Day 2012″ hold it up, where ever you’re at and take a photo… the more funky and eye-catching the better!
Post your picture to your blog adding a few words if you wish, state you’re raising awareness for world autism day and link your picture/post to the linky I’ll place on here on my blog!
You can tweet using hashtag #worldautism12 , post on the “A Boy with Aspergers” Facebook page and share any other way that grabs you.
Please it’s just one day, a few minutes of your time which will undoubtedly help spread awareness! I’m not asking you to raise money or even go to work looking like a clown! Like many other families all over the world, Its world autism day everyday in our house! I’m just asking you to make it yours on the 2nd April 2012 (if only for 10 minutes) your reward… you will help create a better world for children like my Little man.
There is simply no getting away from it! Simply do the above but instead tweet your pictures using hash tag #worldautism12, Post them on your own Facebook page and to make it count by posting them to “The Boy with Aspergers” Facebook Page. Those who can’t post anywhere, email them to me via address in sidebar of this blog and I’d be happy to post them out there for the world to see.
The final part of the plan
I will then hopefully have enough to create a collage of pictures of all those that took part, whether they held their awareness board in Sidney, London or New York, it will count.This can’t happen with a collection of one or two pictures! We need a huge amount to pull it off!
I will open the Linky on my blog at 11.59 on the 1st of April.”
I don’t know about you but I can’t help but feel inspired by Claire’s enthusiasm for this project and I will certainly be contributing something. I hope you do too!
If you would like to read more about Claire’s project click here.