Valparaiso goes blue for Autism Awareness

Toni Houston
April 4, 2017

It has been notified that the iconic head-frame of Niagara Falls are going to be lighted up in blue for the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 to stress the need for accessible and inclusive society for all.

As most know, autism is the name of a spectrum disorder that affects one out of every 68 children just in the United States.

Both restaurants' outdoor lights are white on normal days, but they will be blue Sunday. "We hope that commemorating this day will make people aware that such a condition exists and help them to further understand it". In the press release, Donald Trump also asked Americans to take the time to learn more about autism.

HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari highlighted the importance of increasing public education about autism spectrum disorder, noting that such awareness events provide important opportunities for public education and understanding.

To create awareness about autism, a day-long programme will be organised here tomorrow that will see participation of experts, including pediatricians and psychologists. They might have unique strengths and abilities that help them excel in school or the workplace, but they might also have challenges with social interaction, highly restricted interests and, in some cases, repetitive behaviors or sensory sensitivities.

"People with autism have a degree of difficulty in recognizing basic emotions from facial expressions". In fact, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined, according to Autism Speaks, an US based advocacy organization.

Landmarks around the globe were illuminated with blue lights on Sunday evening in recognition of the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks and Gulf Coast School for Autism were at Margaritaville to bring autism awareness to the community. According to a new research, young children with autism find it harder to recognize emotions from facial expressions and may often mistake "fear" for "surprise" and confusion for "disgust" and "anger".

She is the Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on on Neuro-developmental Disorders and Autism in Bangladesh.

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