Autism is a lifelong, complex condition that occurs as a result of disordered brain growth, structure and development. Autism is believed to stem from a genetic predisposition triggered by environmental factors and affects 4-5 times more boys than girls. There are a vast number of ways that a person can manifest their autism and as a result this condition is now more often referred to as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorders’ (ASD).
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) shines a light on autism as a growing global health crisis. Activities surrounding the day help to increase and develop world knowledge of autism and stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
Autism South Africa will be selling arm bands with Blue LED lights at R20 each. Wear them on 2 April and everyday thereafter to raise Awareness of Autism. Please visit Autism SA for more information on Autism.