April is World Autism Month, which provides an annual opportunity for a dedicated conversation about autism spectrum disorder.

In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day, and now many countries around the world light up their landmarks blue to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. In 2012, the Canadian Parliament passed the World Autism Awareness Day Act recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day.

World Autism Awareness Day and month aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles people living with autism face every day while celebrating the unique talents of those with autism through community events around the globe.

Autism touches more than 70 million people globally. Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in Canada, and this number continues to grow.

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