April 2 is designated as World Autism Awareness Day, to spread awareness and sensitise people about the brain disorder. An international campaign, #lightitupblue is observed on this day.Autism is four times more common in boys as compared to girls. It is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability, which is marked by challenges in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts. This causes difficulties in a child’s social and daily functioning. Different children are affected differently, some may have all the features listed or while some only have a few.
World Autism Awareness Day Theme 2017: ‘Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination’