World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day

Autism affects all persons regardless of race, religion, socio-economic status or geography and

The incidence of Autism worldwide is 1 in every 100 and 1 in every 36 children according to CDC and Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurological variant that affects how people communicate and interact.

As a spectrum condition, it affects people in different ways and In the words of the National Autism Society:

People with Autism face discrimination and barriers across all sectors of society – in the health and social care systems, in education, in employment, and everywhere in between.

It is crucial that autistic people, and their families and caregivers, can access tailored information, guidance and support to overcome those barriers, access opportunities to explore their interests, develop skills and build friendships for fulfilled lives and People with Autism do not need to be cured or fixed, but rather to be accepted and supported according to their level of need to function in a neurotypical world and In Bermuda, we want the community to be aware of autism and what it is. Moreover, we want persons with autism to be accepted as valuable members of the community and

Now, therefore, I, The Hon. Tinee Furbert , Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors do hereby proclaim that the Island of Bermuda implements the ideals of World Autism Awareness Day on this, the 2nd day of April, 2024, and declare the month of April as Autism Acceptance Month.

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