In 2007 the United Nations they elected the April 2 as the world day for autism awareness (“World Autism Awareness Day”). An opportunity to talk about this delicate neuropsychic disorder and not to forget the families and people who deal with autism every day.
Since the epidemiological emergency linked to the infection from Covid-19 persists in all countries of the world, it is even more important to turn the spotlight on the world day for autism awareness, remembering how important it is support the families of children with autism especially in this delicate period.
To give a signal of change, the largest scientific and voluntary organization on autism, Autism Speaking, on the occasion of April 2, has been promoting the campaign Light It up the Blue (“Turn Blue”), born in North America, which aims to illuminate all the main monuments of the world with blue.
During the past editions, the Empire State Building in New York, the Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt as well as the Arch of Constantine in Rome have been illuminated in blue.
Autism is not a disease. A disease, in fact, requires a diagnosis and a cure: autism, on the other hand, cannot be cured. Autism is a syndrome: it would be better to define it ‘autism spectrum syndrome’, a syndrome that affects the whole morphology of the person, which affects every aspect of his being. Each individual with autism is unique and unrepeatable because there are infinite combinations of this syndrome.
Let’s take a practical example: Are autistics all like the “Rain Man” played by Dustin Hoffman? No: some have high intellectual functioning, an IQ even higher than the norm, while others have deficits. Some 10-year-old autistic children just say mom, others talk. (Click here to learn more about autism)