World Autism Awareness Day
Editorial by Lawrence P. Kaplan, PhD, USAAA Chairman and CEO
This Wednesday, April 2, 2008 is World Autism Awareness Day designated by the United Nations General Assembly. It is also my birthday.
Sixteen years ago, when my wife was delivering our twin boys, we were unaware of the existence of the word autism, let alone the meaning of this disorder/disease.
Three years after the boys were born, one of the twins was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The search for the meaning and definition of this word became a huge challenge. PDD-NOS is one of the five disorders identified under the category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders as noted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The other four are Autistic Disorder, Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Asperger's Disorder.
Fast forward thirteen years later to today. I could never imagine that I would be celebrating my birthday on a day that will bring many countries together raising awareness for a cause that affects millions of families worldwide.
I commend the many organizations that want to bring awareness to the world of this debilitating disorder/disease. Many organizations are raising awareness and funds for additional research and I applaud their efforts. These are important tasks that must be continued daily.
USAAA is taking it one step further this World Autism Day. While awareness is the first important step in solving the worldwide autism epidemic, the next step is providing solutions. We want to give something to you that you can use today and implement immediately in your journey to help your child.
Visit www.usautism.org/resources, where we are providing some resources from our conferences, to celebrate this day April 2nd, which will be available to download until April 9th. The complimentary resources include presentation papers that may be of help to you now, and an exclusive video that will give you an overview of treatments and interventions for your child.
I am celebrating April 2nd this coming week to honor the many health care practitioners, behavioral and developmental specialists, teachers, parents, grandparents, companies who provide products and services, and others who have added their contributions to the treatment and care of all of our children. Through these efforts, we are seeing substantial improvement in the lives of our children.
I am celebrating because with the hundreds of contributors that have presented at our USAAA conferences over the past few years, each speaker has given us implementable solutions that can be used today.
Solutions like these make this day especially meaningful to me. I can celebrate all the wonderful gifts my child has given to me over the last sixteen years, all of his strengths and accomplishments, and the impact they have had on my life.
Just the other day, my wife and I attended the Special Olympics Bowling state finals. Our son, who barely could roll a ball down the alley and remain seated after each throw nine months ago, ended up winning the silver medal in his group. He smiled after each roll and conversed in his own language with a volunteer for two and a half hours. We celebrated this amazing accomplishment.
I am celebrating April 2nd because of the solutions available for our children. It is these solutions our organization focuses on most of all. USAAA will be bringing you the third annual USAAA Autism and Asperger International Conference September 4-7, 2008 in Austin, Texas. This is our fifth conference overall since 2006. We are once again honored to have over thirty individuals bring biomedical treatment and behavioral & developmental therapies together, to improve the lives of our children. Click here to learn more about the conference.
Dr. Doris Rapp, a world renowned speaker and bestselling author, will make her autism and Asperger conference debut on a national level. She’s received three humanitarian awards and other awards for her teaching and contributions to the field of medicine. Also joining us new to our conference this year is Dr. Sadir Gupta from the Center for Immunology, University of California, Irvine, who pioneered the treatment intravenous gamma globulin (IVIG). And from England is Paul Shattock, PhD, OBE who is Honorary Director of the Autism Research Unit (ARU) following his retirement in 1998 from teaching Pharmacy for over 20 years at the University of Sunderland, and Chairman of ESPA (European Service for People with Autism).
Celebrate April 2nd knowing that your children have even more in 2008 with new research and interventions, both medical and educational, that improve diagnostics and treatment leading to improved function and well-being of children.
Thirteen years ago when my son was diagnosed with autism, he couldn’t tolerate ABA, slept only 4-5 uninterrupted hours per night, screamed constantly for years, and couldn’t complete a single step task. I never imagined that the quality and intensity of early intervention programs – educational plus biomedical – would one day help my son become a happy, energetic child who can sit in a chair, sleep quietly through the night, eat a variety of foods, attend sporting events, go shopping, initiate requests, embrace a fireworks display, celebrate an outdoor jazz concert for over three hours, and give bundles of love, hugs, and kisses...and even obtain a silver medal in bowling.
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CNN Announces Global Coverage for First World Autism Awareness Day
CNN will use its unparalleled newsgathering resources to report on the global impact and latest science of the developmental syndrome of autism for the first “World Autism Awareness Day.” Online as well as on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español and Headline News, CNN will report on medical insights, information on treatments and intervention, and details about services available for those living with autism for the inaugural international awareness day on Wednesday, April 2.
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UN World Autism Awareness Day-Message from UNSG Ban Ki-moon
by ukautismnews @ 2008-03-29 - 14:36:11
Head of the Autism Awareness Campaign UK
The Autism Awareness Campaign UK welcomes the launch of the first ever United Nations World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday 2nd April 2008 declared by the United Nations General Assembly. We are delighted that Qatar backed this resolution and that the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has had the vision to see this through. We wanted to commend the UNSG and the United Nations General Assembly for raising the profile of the serious issues connected with autism. In the UK there are over 500,000 people with autism - they too need support and better public serices in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care. We want to commend Her Majesty's Government for creating a positive climate where autism is concerned but more needs to be done - we need a national strategy for autism in the UK and a 10 year plan of action on autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
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UN World Autism Awareness Day: Baroness Uddin welcomes Autism Song
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Westminster, UK - The highly influential Peer, Baroness Uddin welcomed the launch of the Nimal Mendis' song for autism, 'Open Every Door' sung by South Asian superstar Gresha Schuilling.
'Open Every Door' was launched for the first ever United Nations World Autism Awareness Day declared by the the United Nations General Assembly on the recommendation of Qatar. The UN World Autism Day takes place on Wednesday 2nd April 2008.
A presentation was made in the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster in London recently. The distinguished Sri Lanka born singer/songwriter Nimal Mendis presented a copy of 'Open Every Door' sung by Gresha Schuilling to Lady Uddin who has campaigned on autism and Asperger's Syndrome for many years.
Nimal Mendis wrote the autism song for the Autism Awareness Campaign UK. The song is about a 12 year old boy with autism. It is the cry of every parent or carerer who has a child with autism.
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Autism Society Canada Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day With Call to Action
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139 World Autism Awareness Day, by unanimous consent, encouraging UN Member States to take measures to raise world-wide awareness about autism and to promote early diagnosis, early intervention and necessary services for individuals with ASD and their families. The resolution designates April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day - a UN Day to be observed every year starting in 2008.
Autism Society Canada (ASC) joins other organizations around the world in welcoming this opportunity to celebrate the unique strengths of our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community and to bring world attention to the critical and complex needs of individuals and families living with autism. ASC's President, Christine Dade applauds the UN for this important recognition and also pays tribute to our strong autism community in Canada...
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