Mental health

World Autism Awareness Day: 2 April 2012

On 18 December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, which declares 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).

Despite the high burden of autism and other developmental disorders in children and adolescents, these conditions have been widely neglected by policy makers and public health experts, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. As a consequence, children and families in need have often poor access to services and do not receive adequate treatment and care. Greater investments in advocacy, awareness, research, and services and human resource development are needed.

The annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day is meant to spur these and other steps, and to draw attention to the unacceptable discrimination, abuse and isolation experienced by people with autism and their families.