Autism Awareness Day

by NDFAuthors

  • Apr 02, 2014

World Autism Awareness Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 2007.  

Since then autism organization around the world celebrate this day with the aim to raise public awareness about people, especially children, with this disorder. Their inclusion into the society, education and employment are also important objectives.

Autism as a disorder

Autism is a complex developmental disorder of brain function. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. People have problems regarding sensory perception, speech, thinking and understanding of social situations. Therefore, their behavior and relationship with the outside world develop differently.

Unlike other mental disorders, it  can be diagnosed at 2 to 3 years of age. Thus, it is important to include children with autism in early education, since many forms of autism can be identified in preschool institutions.


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Autism and therapy

Numerous studies have shown that music therapy sessions can have a positive effect on behavior in children with autism. You can read about this issue on our blog.

On the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day, Republican Association of Serbia to Help People with Autism last year recorded the song “Original”, written by our friend Luka Mijović, pupil of “Anton Skala” school, to mark this day:

Also, listen to the song created for the same occasion this year: AUTIZAM SRBIJA – Light It Up Blue

Featured image: hepingting / Foter / CC BY-SA