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People Are Wearing Blue Today for Autism Awareness Day

People Are Wearing Blue Today for Autism Awareness Day
From TIME - April 2, 2018

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and people are wearing the color blue to raise awareness for the developmental disorder.

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized event when the United Nations reaffirms its commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects about 1% of the worlds population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This years World Autism Awareness Day is focused on supporting women and girls who have been diagnosed with the condition.

The 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters New York will focus on the importance of empowering women and girls with autism and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges, according to the U.N.s website.

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