UN declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness day last December 2007 which aim to promote awareness and early diagnosis of parents who suspect something different with their child. Indeed early intervention help a child a lot as they go through adulthood and be able to face life independently.
I hope World Autism Awareness Day will educate the world by showing these kids are not the way they are because we spoil them, neglect them or overprotect them. They don’t choose to avoid eye contact, have peculiar mannerisms or to be silent.
With children with autism, tantrums in public are common, and so are the harsh looks and the unfair judgments that my daughter is a brat or that I am a bad mother. I know that my daughter must face the world without me one day. She must have friends. She must have opportunities.
There is one in every 150 child diagnosed to have autism . There is a child diagnosed with autism every 20 minutes. Autism affects all persons regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography.