World Autism Day 2014

The 2nd April is World Autism Day, when people across Scotland and around the world are attending events and taking part in activities aimed at raising awareness and acceptance of autism.

You can read the Scottish Government's statement on World Autism Day here.

In 2008, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, reaffirming the fundamental principle of universal human rights for all. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who have autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

"World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realize our shared vision of a more inclusive world."

 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the World Autism Awareness Day 2014

You can find out about a range of events and activities taking place to raise awareness of autism both today and throughout April by visiting the Autism Network Scotland website.