Today marks the 6th annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. WAAD is one of only three official health related United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.
The goal of this day is to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and looks towards a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.