The World Autism Awareness Day which falls on April 2nd every year is an internationally recognized day to take measures to raise acceptance about people with autism throughout the world. The World Autism Awareness day also aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day.


Although today marks the 11th World Autism Awareness Day, which was initially introduced back in the year 2007, the world community is still having a low level of knowledge on autism. Did you know that autism affects approximately 1 out of every 150 children around the world? It is a neural development disorder that affects their ability to socialize normally by impacting their abilities to utilize verbal and non-verbal communication. Since 2012, there has been a 30% increase in the number of children being affected by autism, and World Autism Awareness Day helps to bring awareness to this growing health concern.


The World Autism Awareness Day is often related to the blue color. Amongst the campaigns held every year, the #LightItUpBlue campaign is the most famous campaign in social media such as Instagram and Facebook. You can show your support to this campaign as simple as posting your picture wearing blue clothing and caption it with the famous hashtag, #LightItUpBlue. In addition, landmarks around the world will turn blue in support of the cause. Niagara Falls, the United Nations, the Empire State Building and the White House are some of the landmarks that have shown their support in the past years.


On World Autism Awareness Day and throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month, local organizations hold a variety of events and educational activities to help the public learn more about autism spectrum disorder. If you would like to show your support besides wearing the color blue, you could also consider the easiest and most beneficial ways to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day which is fundraising. Most autism charities have suggestions on the best ways to raise funds and information on their official websites.


If you haven’t got the chance to show your support to The World Autism Awareness Day, don’t miss your chance this year. Everyone has the ability to contribute for a change. Do your part, as Nelson Mandela once said “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”