April is Autism Month – 2010

World Autism Awareness Month
Do You Know Autism?

Do you know that there are more than 67 million people worldwide affected by Autism and still growing?

So how many are suffering from autism in Singapore?   I could not find the exact statistics but according to ARC a few years back, some 24,000 out of 4 millions are affected in Singapore (Source: Autism Resource Centre).  However, I would expect the figures of undetected and unreported to be higher than that!

Do you know that Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in U.S. afecting 1 in 110 (some even said 1 in 91) children?   Do you know that every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with and autism spectrum disorder?  Yes, the figure is scaring and the situation is not going to be improving too much and too soon.

Autism is more common than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer and AIDS combined. It is one of our community’s most urgent needs. 



Common Myths & Misconceptions About Autism

For this year, if you are new to Autism, to raise awareness I just want you to be aware of some of the common myths about autism and spread the words around:

Autism is a disease
Autism can be outgrown
Autism is caused by bad parenting
Autistics have limited potentials
Autism is an emotional disability
An autistic child is a genius

Autistic children like to be alone


World Autism Day
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.  This year will be the second-ever World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April 2010.    However, the whole April is dedicated to Autism and it is the autism month.

See here for a list of activities worldwide.

Singapore Event
I am sure some events will be organized in Singapore for this April month.    Last year, EDEN School, a new autism school opened on Friday  in Bukit Batok to help equip children with more severe autism with proper vocational skills. 
However, this year I have not heard anything for this month yet.  If you happen to know and what to promote it, please email me or write a comment below.  

For more information on world autism awareness day, please visit:




You Can Raise Awareness Too!

The prevalence of autism will continue to rise and there is a need to raise awareness in Singapore as well as worldwide.  Let’s do our small part to raise awareness and help these children and our future.

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