Today marks the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.
For the past five years the Sydney Opera House has partnered with Autism Awareness. The landmark will feature blue light displays tonight at 7pm to raise awareness for the cause.
Autism Australia has designed a free educational seminar for parents and caregivers of adolescents on the autism spectrum. The program aims to provide essential and practical information on topics such as addressing autism in adolescents, behaviour management strategies, transition to work, life skills and sexual education.
According to Autism Awareness, their mission is to spark positive change by increasing awareness and understanding of autism in Australia. “Our campaigns and events have reached millions of Australians,” the organisation said in a statement. “We are proud to have delivered all of our programs free of charge across the country, including rural and regional communities.”
The public can raise awareness by taking a picture of the blue Opera House, posting it on social media and using the following hashtags, #WAAD #inclusion #support #autismeveryday. – Jacinta Scott
Top image from Autism Awareness Australia’s Facebook page.