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World Autism Awareness Day celebrated across the world

Apr 2, 2014 18:27 IST

The World Autism Awareness Day 2014 was celebrated across the world on 2 April 2014. This was the seventh World Autism Day. The day is celebrated to raise fund and to create awareness about autism.

On this day, Autism Speaks organisation celebrated Light It Up Blue. Light It Up Blue is a global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism.

Many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums and retails stores took part in the Light It Up Blue initiative.

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About World Autism Awareness Day
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution on Autism on 18 December 2007 and decided to designate 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day. The resolution was adopted to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder.

As a result, the first World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated on 2 April 2008.

About Autism
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, mostly affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status.

Autism is characterized by impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and activities.

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