World Autism Awareness Day 2017

and Raise the Autism Ontario Flag

Light it Up Blue

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How and why do we celebrate World Autism Awareness Day?

The World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2017 is on April, 02. It was designated under by the United Nations General Assembly resolution “62/139. World Autism Awareness Day,” adopted on December 18, 2007, proposed by Representatives of the State Qatar, and supported by all member states.

The World Autism Awareness Day Resolution had four main components: the establishment of April 2 as WAAD, participation of UN organizations, member states, NGOs and all private & public organizations in WAAD, raise awareness of Autism on all levels in society, Security-General should deliver this message to member states and all other UN organs.

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. Not many children with autism live independently after reaching adulthood, though some become successful. An autistic culture has developed, with some individuals seeking a cure and others believing autism should be accepted as a difference and not treated as a disorder.

Wear something Blue to show you care.....

Dear Staff, this year World Autism Awareness Day is on Sunday April 2nd;

however, we will be celebrating this important day on Monday April 3rd.

We are asking everyone to wear Blue on Monday April 3rd.

We are asking students and staff to make a donation of a toonie or more.

All money will go to Autism Ontario to help fund research and education.

The entire world will "Light it Up Blue".

CN Tower, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, the Great Pyramid of Egypt and many more buildings and landmarks around the world.

We will raise the Autism Ontario Flag for the sixth time.

We will also light up our school in Blue.

"Autism part of our world, not a world apart."

Click on link below to learn more about Autism Ontario

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Home Depot and Autism Speaks Canada

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, and The Home Depot have partnered for a fourth year to shine a light on autism during Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

The Home Depot will sell blue light bulbs starting March 1, offering people across the United States and Canada the opportunity to raise autism awareness through the fourth annual Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign. A portion of each sale will go to Autism Speaks to fund research, advocacy, family services, and awareness for families struggling with this disorder.

“We are excited to partner with The Home Depot for a third year and appreciate its efforts to help raise funds and awareness of autism,” said Alec Elbert, chief strategy and development officer, Autism Speaks. “Thanks to The Home Depot’s support, we can encourage everyone, whether they are touched by autism or not, to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors by purchasing a blue light bulb.”

Peoples Jewelry Store are also teaming up with Autism Speaks

Persona® Adjustable Black Leather Autism Speaks™ Bracelet with Five Beads and Sterling Silver Stopper - 7.8"​

$20 will be donated on behalf of Zale Corporation and Persona Ltd. for every Autism Speaks bead sold. If interested visit their website below for prices.

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The First Light
Learn more about Autism Speaks Canada, about autism and what people and organizations are doing in Canada.
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Autism Speaks Pledge

Click on the link and take the pledge.

Click on the image below to watch a short clip on ways you can "Light it up Blue".

Some very interesting facts about Autism and the increasing numbers.

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