World Autism Awareness was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly, which declared 2 April as ‘World Autism Awareness Day’ (WAAD).
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism for short, is a pervasive disorder that is characterised by a triad of impairment: social interaction, language and communication, and perspective taking and inflexibility. Not everybody with autism spectrum disorder has the same difficulties. Some people may have autism that is mild while others may have autism that is more severe. Two people with autism spectrum disorder may not act alike or have the same skills.
ASD affects tens of millions of people in the world.
Here in Singapore, World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) was first inaugurated in 2011 by students from Benjamin Sheares College, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. WAAW was held from 2nd April to 6th April this year. Working closely with our distinguished partners from Autism Association Singapore (AAS), Autism Resource Center, Singapore (ARC), Saint Andrew’s Autism Centre (SAAC) and Rainbow Center, we celebrated WAAW this year by holding the annual “Light It Up Blue!” campaign on 2nd April, roadshow at ION Orchard on 4th April, followed by the Healthcare Seminar for medical professionals the following day.