World View: Global Autism Awareness Day Observed
African American and Hispanic children constitute largest U.S. increases over time
The sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed around the globe and at the United Nations on Tuesday. While awareness and resources around the brain disorder are considered the most comprehensive in the U.S., countries where diagnosis and awareness have been a challenge, particularly in Middle Eastern and Arab nations, participated in a day of activities aimed at highlighting success. “Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his message marking the day of awareness. Autism is estimated to affect more than 2 million people in the U.S. and tens of millions around the world. In New York, panel discussions celebrating the abilities of people with autism, a musical performance by Talina and The Miracle Project, a group that includes performers with autism, and a film screening were held. In U.S. communities of color, Hispanic and African American children have seen the largest increases over time, due to better identification of the disorder among these groups, according to The Color of Autism Foundation. To see more on the awareness day observances, click here.