Awareness and Advocacy

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness & Advocacy

According to the World Health Organization, one in 160 children globally have an autism spectrum disorder, and disproportionately high numbers of adults are unemployed. Action for Autism estimates that approx 18 million Indians are on the autistic spectrum.There is need to raise awareness about people with Autism throughout the world raising the acceptance for those living with autism.

U.N. Secretary-General Statement for World Autism Awareness Day

For World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres affirmed the UN’s support of the rights of people on the autism spectrum to fully participate in society. The rights of people with disabilities are supported in the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Societal and cultural aspects of autism or sociology of autism come into play with recognition of autism, approaches to its support services and therapies, and how autism affects the definition of personhood. The autistic community is divided primarily into two camps; the neurodiversity movement and the Pathology paradigm. The pathology paradigm advocates for supporting research into therapies, treatments, and/or a cure to help minimize or remove autistic traits, seeing treatment as vital to help individuals with autism, while the neurodiversity movement believes autism should be seen as a different way of being and advocates against treatments, therapies or a cure, seeing it as trying to exterminate autistic people and their individuality.

Autistic adults can be helped by social awareness

There is need to raise awareness about people with Autism throughout the world . There are a huge number of events designed to raise awareness and money to support organizations and individuals with ASD, and to provide education about ASD and the latest research on ASD.

Another critical element of education and awareness involves advocacy. For example, Autism Speaks engages in advocacy efforts to increase research funding, financial tools, and improved healthcare and supports for individuals with ASD .

A recent study has revealed that a clinician-driven virtual learning platform, tailored to young adults on the autism spectrum, shows improved social competency. The University of Texas research showed that the increase in the socio-emotional and socio-cognitive abilities correlated with brain change. The results included increased activation in the brain's socio-cognition hub with gains linked to improvement on an empathy measure

The most well known recent International events are the World autism Awarness Day, Autism month , Autism Sunday ,Autism Speaks Walks held throughout the nation. Other events include national Autism Speaks events, ABAI conferences (including an annual autism conference), ABAI state-chapter conferences, and the Autism Society national conference.

World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Sunday

Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day

Raise awareness – help raise awareness by posting about autism acceptance, by educating yourself and the people in your life, by combating the spread of misinformation, and questioning your own biases

#autismawareness #autismacceptance #redinstead

To find out more visit Autistic Self Advocacy Network or Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network

Inspiring quotes from people with autism

"Our experiences are all unique. Regardless, I do believe that it is important to find the beautiful. Recognize that there is bad, there is ugly, there is disrespect, there is ignorance and there are meltdowns. Those things are inevitable. But there is also good".

"Wanting to be free. Wanting to be me. Trying to make people see. And accept the real me. '"

Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory.

There is need to raise awareness about people with Autism throughout the world. Some Autism slogans.

Autism speaks. It’s time to listen

Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability

I am not trying to be naughty, I am Autistic. Please have patience

Autistic rights are human rights

Some Sayings on Autism.

People with AUTISM… do not lie, do not judge, do not play mind games. Maybe we can learn something from them.”

Schools connect children to their communities. Jobs connect adults to their societies. Persons with autism deserve to walk the same path.” -Ban Ki-moon

“Children with autism are colorful- they are often beautiful, and like the rainbow, they stand out” -Adele Devine

There are many autism-related events and celebrations; including World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Sunday and Autistic Pride Day, and notable people have spoken about being autistic or are thought to be or have been autistic. Autism is diagnosed more frequently in males than in females

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on April 2 every year, encouraging Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with autism spectrum disorder throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution .

The celebration of World Autism Awareness Day is an important way to help the world better understand the scope of this health crisis and the need for compassion and acceptance for those living with autism. This remarkable day—the first of many to come—promises to be a time of great hope and happiness as we work to build a global autism community.

The goal is Autism Acceptance

Autism, as it is currently understood, is a spectrum; it is a developmental disorder that results in altered behavior, communication and social connections. There is no one way autism looks, there is great variability in symptoms and their severity also differs from one person to the next. Emotion and sensory processing may be altered, cognitive functions like attention, learning, problem-solving, or thinking may be different, and social relations may be difficult due to differences in communication.

Autism Sunday

Autism Sunday was first held in 2002 during Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. The first service for autism was held in February 2002 at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Former Education Ministers, peers from the House of Lords, celebrities, writers, broadcasters, and the media joined children and people at St Paul's Cathedral to pray for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their parents and caregivers. The organizers have urged parents, carers and the worldwide Autism Community to use Autism Sunday as a platform to lobby and campaign on the issues .Campaigners around the world organized an Autism Sunday Twitter Storm to mark Autism Sunday 2011 - to celebrate the lives of all people with autism. In 2022, a commemorative event has been planned in India

World Autism Month

Autism acceptance month, acceptance is an action

Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). World Autism Month recognizes the need for supporting, understanding, accepting, including, and empowering of people on the autism spectrum.

Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride Day is a pride celebration for autistic people held on June 18 each year. Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society. With the recent increases in autism recognition and new approaches to educating and socializing autistics, an autistic culture has begun to develop.

The Autism Rights Movement

The autism rights movement, The rainbow-colored infinity symbol is a popular symbol among autistic people and autism rights advocate, symbollising a broad and varied spectrum of experiences. Autism rights advocates believe that the autism spectrum should be accepted as a natural expression of the human genome, and accommodated like any other condition the social model of disability.

Rainbow infinity symbol – it is the preferred symbol of autistic people as it represents the beauty and diversity of their community, use this instead of the puzzle piece.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Links on Advocacy

Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy (PADSA) Resources

Welcome to the Autistic Community

Accessing Home and Community-Based Services: A Guide for Self Advocates

The Right to Make Choices: International Laws and Decision-Making by People with Disabilities (Easy Read and Families versions)

Getting and Advocating for Community-Based Housing

Voting Resources Primary Care Resources for Adults on the Autism Spectrum and their Primary Care Providers

SARTAC: Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Everybody Communicates: Toolkit for Accessing Communication Assessments, Funding and Accommodations

This Is Not About Me.

“This Is Not About Me,” a documentary featuring Jordyn Zimmerman. The film shows the difficulties endured by non-speaking people with autism when they aren’t given appropriate communication options. AssistiveWare is a proud supporting partner of the film. CommunicationFIRST, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism have partnered to release .Watch the This is Not About Me trailer, and rent the film, at

This Is Not About Me tells the story of Jordyn Zimmerman. Jordyn dreamt of becoming a teacher. She started out eager to learn at school, but she was soon separated from the other children. Unable to communicate, teachers thought she was also unable to understand or learn. Year after year, her behavior worsened. She was restrained and placed in seclusion. Jordyn found herself caught in a system that unintentionally turned her life into a living nightmare. Finally, at the age of 18, with the help of educators who see her differently, she manages to turn her fate and flourish.

Autism Day initiative brings together artists & children on one platform to promote inclusion

15 leading artists mentored small groups of children as they gave expression to their vision of inclusion on canvas.

The occasion was a unique art initiative organized on World Autism Awareness Day in Mumbai. The theme of the two-hour-long event organized by Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre was To a more inclusive world we remain committed.

Jai Vakeel Foundation & Research Centre, India’s oldest and largest non-profit, has been working to empower people with intellectual disabilities. for 75 years. The unique initiative brought together six prominent Mumbai schools — Cathedral & John Cannon, Bombay International, Dhirubhai Ambani International school, Ascend International, Jamnabai Narsee International and JB Petit. . Children from these schools have interactions on a regular basis with the children at Jai Vakeel as part of a community integration program started four years ago.

Each artist mentored a small group of children to create their individual piece on a single canvas, with all 75 pieces finally merging to form one final work of art.

Voice of SAP

Voice of SAP is an Actionable Advocacy mobile App for Empowering Specially Abled People i.e. Persons with Disabilities. It allows for crowd sourced data on accessibility, pledges of their leaders and community members, solutions, issues news on disability etc. Volunteers can upload building accessibility information which is then available in the mobile app on Google map so persons with disabilities can plan accordingly as where they can go with wheelchair. Volunteers can share the information on social media and promote accessibility related awareness.

Download the mobile app

VOSAP Ignite

VOSAP Research Internship (VRI) program, VOSAP Ignite is designed to encourage young students to volunteer and strengthen the VOSAP mission of helping and promoting the empowerment of Specially Abled People.

25 motivated and compassionate students who are currently studying in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade are selected after 2 months of a rigorous process of applications, screening, and selection for the Ignite program across High Schools of North America for 9 months of intensive volunteering program.

It will help encourage students to learn about disability, build a network, volunteer, and promote empathy and sensitivity in students towards Persons with disabilities and to nurture virtue of ‘Individual Social Responsibility

Selected students who are US citizens or Permanent residents are eligible for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) under the VOSAP volunteering program.

If you would like to learn more about the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), visit the link

Autistic Kids enjoying in Cruise Boat on 'World Autism Day' in Bhopal.

AFA awareness raising activities

Since 2007, after the declaration in the UN General assembly, April 2 is recognized internationally and celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and the month of April as autism awareness month every year.1 WAAD highlights the need to help and improve the quality of life of those with ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) so that they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. World Autism Awareness Day (2022)

World Autism Awareness Day - EN | United Nation

This video depicts young film-maker Benjamin Rosloff’s visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and his interview with UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. Before the interview, Benjamin had the opportunity to explore and film the building including art and photo exhibits from all over the world. The video – produced for the World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2016) – reflects on Benjamin’s future and how it relates to major global issues.

Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder


About 1 in 44 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article].ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. [Read article]

ASD is more than 4 times more common among boys than among girls. [Read article]

An amount of Rs 11,922 crore has been allocated for the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Rs Rs 1212 crore for the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the financial year 2022-23

The Glasgow-based artist, walk across Scotland in a journey of over 300 miles this Spring as part of a series of activities to Put Autism on the Map.

Peter Howson Putting Autism on the map

Flowers artist Peter Howson is set to complete a 300-mile hike from Aberdeen to Ayr to raise awareness of autism in the Spring. The artist was diagnosed with a form of autism, Asperger's Syndrome, in 2009 and his daughter Lucy, 27, is also severely autistic. Howson's partner, the former discus thrower Lorraine King, will accompany him for part of the walk, as well as other high-profile friends of the artist. The event has already attracted significant donations, including £50,000 from investment company Raven Russia. Howson will complete a series of sketches and drawings along the route, which includes dramatic scenery at the Aberdeen and Fife Coastal Paths, the Forth and Clyde Canal Walk, Clyde Walkway and the River Ayr Walk. However, the artist does not foresee a permanent switch from figurative to landscape painting

DAD: A film about autism and fatherhood

A short documentary following the often untold stories of fathers with children on the spectrum, DAD shares the experiences of twelve Aussie dads as they navigate the world of parenting and autism.

Bonus footage and resources at