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Inclusive societies help autistic people flourish

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Inclusive societies help autistic people flourish

TEHRAN – Fostering a more inclusive society can cultivate environments where people with autism feel more valued and thrive to develop their full potential.

Inclusive societies help autistic people flourish

Observed on April 2nd annually, World Autism Awareness Day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism is a complex neurological condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior.  People with autism vary widely in their abilities and challenges.

While some may have exceptional skills in areas such as math, music, or art, others may have difficulty with their daily tasks such as maintaining eye contact or conversations.

This year, the Welfare Organization is celebrating the day under the theme of “Autism and corporate social responsibility”, ILNA reported.

It highlights the importance of timely diagnosing people with autism, empowering their families, facilitating their access to social services, and learning how to communicate effectively with them.

An important goal of the World Autism Awareness Day is to promote acceptance.

It is important to recognize that autistic people having diverse strengths and abilities deserve equal opportunities.

According to Charity Foundation for Special Diseases (cffsd) website, educational initiatives within schools, workplaces, and communities can raise awareness about autistic people and provide strategies to effectively support them.

Another essential aspect of World Autism Awareness Day is advocacy. It involves supporting policies and initiatives that benefit the autistics and their families. This includes ensuring access to top-notch healthcare, educational resources, job prospects, and community assistance services. By supporting the needs of people with autism, we can move towards a more inclusive and fairer society.

Moreover, the day is an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments and talents of people with autism and appreciate their unique perspectives on the world. From art to music, science, and beyond, people with autism have made significant contributions to society and enriched our lives in countless ways.

Through increased awareness, education, advocacy for change, and celebration of their achievements, a more compassionate and inclusive world can be created for everyone.

Theme 2024

Ever since the United Nations General Assembly designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in 2007, the United Nations has observed the day as a means to affirm and promote the full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for autistic people on an equal basis with others.

This year’s theme is “Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Autistic Individuals Share Regional Perspectives”.

The theme goes beyond just raising awareness of autism. It emphasizes the importance of moving the conversation forward, from simply understanding autism to creating an environment where autistic people can truly flourish.

Overall, World Autism Awareness Day is a significant step towards creating a world where autistic individuals are understood, supported, and empowered.

It serves as a platform for autistic voices to be heard and for organizations to showcase advancements made in research, support systems, and resources.

This collective effort paves the way for a more inclusive future.

The day advocates for the rights of autistic people and ensures they can live fulfilling lives as part of society. It highlights the need for acceptance, appreciation, and equal opportunities.