Autistic Pride Day

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Autistic Pride Day

  • The autistic Pride day is observed globally on June 18 every year.
  • It is observed to respect the rights of people with autism.
  • The first autistic Pride day was celebrated in Brazil by the Aspies for Freedom (AFF) in 2005.
  • The theme of first Autistic Pride Day was “Acceptance not cure” .
  • Since then it has become a global event.
Autistic Pride Day

Overview

  • The symbol of rainbow infinity is used.
  • It represents neurodiversity symbolizing infinite possibilities in the lives of autistic people.
  • Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) , refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with
    • Social skills
    • Repetitive behaviors
    • Speech
    • Nonverbal communication
  • Autism is a development disorder that affects the processing of information in the brain.
  • It is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and communication along with restricted and repetitive behavior.
  • Mostly parents notice the signs of autism during the first three years of the child.
  • These signs develop gradually.
  • World Health Assembly (WHA) , in May 2014, adopted a resolution ″ Comprehensive and coordinated efforts for the management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) .
  • The objective of the resolution is to bring member nations together to collaborate with WHO to strengthen national capacities to address ASD and other developmental disorders.
  • The purpose of Autistic Pride is to show to the world that they are proud of being autistic and that they are not diseased or defective or in need of a cure.
  • The day is marked to bring about awareness that people suffering from autism have as much right to live a happy and fulfilled life as neurotypicals.
  • World Autism Awareness day is observed globally on April 2 annually.
  • The theme of World Autism Awareness day 2020 is ‘The Transition to Adulthood’ .

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