Tomorrow, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). It is one of only three official health-related United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.

World Autism Awareness Day will shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities will help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and will impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD will celebrate the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and will be a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.