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UN World Autism Day Day Day Day Day

Posted Apr 01 2013 12:00am

Sugar coated lightbulb By Anne Dachel

If anyone thinks things are different in other countries, the sad truth is they aren't. This is the annual message from the Secretary-General of the UN for April 2, 2013 Autism Awareness Day. 

(Ban Ki-moon is from South Korea and he's been the Secretary General of the UN since 2007.)

It should be noted that the sugar coated message is largely unchanged since 2008.  All we need is attention, inclusion, awareness, support, understanding, and commitment.  I wonder if Ban Ki-moon noticed that when he become Secretary-General in 2007, the autism rate was one in every 150 children and today it's one in 50 children.  There isn't any alarm over the ever-increasing numbers.  There's no call for answers.  No acknowledgement of how severely many children are impacted by autism and no mention of the cost.  It seems his message is scripted according to CDC guidelines: sound concerned, but never call autism a crisis.

Secretary-General's Message for World Autism Awareness Day,

2 April 2013 by Ban Ki Moon

"World Autism Awareness Day has succeeded in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people worldwide.

"The current session of the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a new resolution on this issue, demonstrating a commitment to help affected individuals and families. The resolution encourages Member States and others to strengthen research and expand their delivery of health, education, employment and other essential services.

"The Executive Board of the World Health Assembly will also take up the subject of autism spectrum disorders at its forthcoming session in May.

"This international attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures. Current research indicates that early interventions can help persons with autistic conditions to achieve significant gains in their abilities. Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential.

"The General Assembly will hold a high-level meeting on 23 September to address the conditions of more than one billion persons with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorders. I hope leaders will seize this opportunity to make a meaningful difference that will help these individuals and our human family as a whole.

"Let us continue to work hand-in-hand with persons with autism spectrum disorders, helping them to cultivate their strengths while addressing the challenges they face so they can lead the productive lives that are their birthright."

2012 Ban Ki-moon 

"Autism is not limited to a single region or a country; it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action."

"Reaching out to people with autism spectrum disorders requires global political commitment and better international cooperation, especially in sharing good practices."

"The annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day is meant to spur such action and draw attention to the unacceptable discrimination, abuse and isolation experienced by people with autism and their loved ones."

 "On this Day in New York, Vienna and Geneva, the United Nations Postal Administration is releasing six commemorative postage stamps and two collectible envelopes dedicated to autism awareness."

2011 Ban Ki-moon 

"The number of children and people with autistic conditions continues to rise - in every nation and in every racial, ethnic and social group."

"Together, let us travel this road toward a more caring and inclusive world."

2010 Ban Ki-moon 

"World Autism Awareness Day is dedicated to creating greater understanding about autism and promoting universal adherence to the UN Convention."

2009 Ban Ki-moon 

"By designating 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations General Assembly has helped to galvanize international efforts to promote greater understanding about autism."

2008  Ban Ki-moon 

"As we advance the universal human rights of children with disabilities, let us focus on building enabling environments for them to prosper as future members of their communities, citizens of their countries and as fully-fledged members of the global community. Let us pay tribute to the courage of children with autism and their families, as they strive every day to confront the disability with a powerful combination of determination, creativity and hope. Let us empower them and respond to their needs today, so as to make our societies more accessible, enabling and empowering for all our children tomorrow."

Posted by Age of Autism at April 03, 2013 at 5:46 AM in Anne Dachel Permalink

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