World Autism Awareness Day was first proposed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, to the United Nations in 2007, and the proposal was adopted without a vote by the UN General Assembly.

World Autism Awareness Day 2020 Theme

For the past few years, World Autism Day focuses on a specific theme which is determined by the United Nations. This year the World Autism Awareness Day 2020 Theme is ‘The Transition to Adulthood’. United Nation believes that becoming an adult means being educated and having a certain amount of knowledge in social, economical and political life in one’s community. However, the transition to adulthood is an important challenge for the people with autism because of the lack of opportunities and the support for this phase in their life.

World Autism Awareness Day 2020 Theme ‘The Transition to Adulthood’ draws attention to the adulthood of the people with autism. The issues include the importance of participation in cultural youth events, community, self-determination and decision making. Other issues revolve around education, and how people with autism should have access to post-secondary education and employment, and be able to live independently.

What is Autism?

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism is a development disorder. The disorder is characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication which may also include restricted and repetitive behaviour. The signs of Autism are often noticed by the parents of the child during the first three years. These signs develop gradually.

Source : Republic World

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