April is Autism Awareness Month, with April 2 being World Autism Awareness Day. It is a global effort to raise awareness about autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 150 children. It is the fastest growing developmental disability. Autism has also had its share of controversy that has led to bitterness and anger among some in the autism community. So what exactly is so controversial? Let's take a peek, but please remember this isn't a debate over what is right or wrong. It's merely an overview of the issues.
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.