Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations.
The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.
" Autistic spectrum disorder represents a continuum of cognitive and neurobehavioral disorders including autism. The prevalence of autism varies considerably with case ascertainment, ranging from 0.7 – 21.1 per 10 000 children (median 5.2 per 10 000) while the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorder is estimated to be 1 - 6 per 1000. Eleven epidemiological studies (representing the most recent studies, mostly in the last 4 years) were reviewed in detail, taking into consideration study design (including ecologic, case control, case-crossover and cohort studies) and limitations."
Highlights from Autism Speaks's first annual Autism Investment Conference, Feb 21, 2013).
Learn more at http://aic.autismspeaks.org/
World Austism Awareness Day 2013
CDC - Data and Statistics, Autism Spectrum Disorders
World Autism Awareness Day, (General Assembly resolution 62/139 (A/RES/62/139))
10am - 1pm: Panel discussion on the implementation of the General Assembly resolution 67/82(A/RES/67/82), entitled “Addressing the socioeconomic needs of individuals, families, and societies affected by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders” (co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bahrain, India, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and the United States Mission)
1:15 - 3:30pm: Musical performance and panel discussion on “Celebrating the ability within the disability of autism” (organized by the Permanent Mission of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information)
4pm - 6pm: Panel discussion on “Transition to adulthood” (organized by the Permanent Mission of the Philippines, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information).