Mumbai to Light It Up Blue in a big way on World Autism Awareness Day!
Across the world, 2 April is marked as World Autism Awareness Day in many countries. It is a part of a global movement to raise awareness regarding autism. The idea is to enable better understanding about the need for early diagnosis and intervention.
One in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the United States-based advocacy group, Autism Speaks, more children will be diagnosed with autism this year, than with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
Autism is the fastest growing neuro-developmental disorder in the world. It impacts children’s development in how they speak and understand what is being said to them.
Children with autism also often struggle to form friendships and other social relationships. They may have behaviors that are obsessive and repetitive.
Intervening early through therapy can help change the course of the disorder. With early intervention, children show progress in their developmental skills. They learn how to communicate effectively, form social interactions, and regulate themselves better.
This year, seven continents, 142 countries, and 18,602 buildings will turn blue as part of the campaign called Light It Up Blue. The campaign has been initiated by Autism Speaks.
Mumbai city has been a part of this campaign as well.
In 2017, as part of World Autism Awareness Day, the Ummeed Child Development Center had organized a campaign that included iconic Mumbai landmarks like the Bandra Worli Sea Link, Taj Mahal Hotel, Royal Opera House, Jaslok Hospital, and Cipla House to light up blue on 2 April.
This year, the Light It Up blue campaign promises to be even bigger, with Ummeed partnering with many more landmarks in Mumbai.
These include Cross Maidan the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (CSMVS) Museum, the BMC Headquarters, Kalaghoda Statue, to name just a few. The list is likely to grow even more.
Ummeed’s campaign theme for 2018 is:
1 in 68 children has Autism. Identify. Understand. Support.