April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and people are wearing the color blue to raise awareness for the developmental disorder.
World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized event when the United Nations reaffirms its “commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.”
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1% of the world’s population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This year’s World Autism Awareness Day is focused on supporting women and girls who have been diagnosed with the condition.
April is also Autism Awareness Month.
More than 3.5 million Americans fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, according to the Autism Society of America; about 1 in 68 children in the U.S. are identified as having ASD, according to the CDC.
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Support Our Events
Fri, April 13, 2018 The HeartShare School’s 11th Birthday Party
Show your school spirit wearing orange & blue.
Fri, April 20, 2018 The HeartShare School Human Crayon Box Day
Wear your favorite Crayola color.
Wed, April 25, 2018 Autism Awareness Fundraiser at Raise Bar
Grab yourself a HeartShare cocktail.
Sun, May 6, 2018 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour
Support our team today!
Thurs, May 31, 2018 Education Services Dinner Dance
Honoring Melinda Katz and Eric Ulrich
Sun, June 10, 2018 Harbor Fitness Race for Autism
Supporting children in our education programs
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