In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2nd of each year as World Autism Awareness Day. The day is meant to raise awareness about autism, a developmental disorder which impairs one’s ability to communicate and interact. Autism is characterised by a range of symptoms and is thus also known as autism spectrum disorder.
A few years later, in honour of the day a global autism awareness initiative was born called Light It Up Blue. On that day people all over the world shine a light on autism by going blue!
Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.
On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day 2019, the effort is to spread widespread awareness about autism and try to break social, environmental and psychological barriers that come in way of autistic people.
"On World Autism Awareness Day, we speak out against discrimination, celebrate the diversity of our global community and strengthen our commitment to the full inclusion and participation of people with autism. Supporting them to achieve their full potential is a vital part of our efforts to uphold the core promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: to leave no one behind."
UN Secretary-General António Guterres