World Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

The term ‘autism’ encompasses a wide range of symptoms and characteristics that a person may present with. It is due to this variety of presentations that it is officially known as ‘autism spectrum disorder’.

Individuals on the autism spectrum may vary from having better-than-average intelligence to having an intellectual disability. Some may enjoy others’ company immensely, while others prefer to spend time on their own. Many thrive under a structured routine, whereas some may prefer a more relaxed environment to learn and grow in.

The UN Secretary General António Guterres has reaffirmed the importance of affordable assistive technologies to support people with autism to live independent lives and, indeed, to exercise their basic human rights. Around the world, there are barriers to accessing assistive technologies, including high costs, unavailability and a lack of awareness of their potential to make a real difference in the day to day lives of people with autism.

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