Our very own Sydney Opera House lit up in blue on April 2nd to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. The event was part of worldwide efforts and celebrations to support families living with Autism and reduce misinformation and stigma surrounding the disorder.
Autism Spectrum Australia estimates that 230,000 or 1 in 100 Australians live with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This might affect how a person interacts, communicates and understands their environment.
Autism affects different people in different ways. Some may struggle having a conversation, some may struggle straying from a routine and others may have heightened sensitivity to light and noise.
Backed by the United Nations, World Autism Awareness Day seeks to improve understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways it affects families.