08 April 2012

Stamps on Autism Awareness by UNPA…



Date of Issue : 30 March 2012

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who are affected by the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives. UNPA issued a set of 6 stamps on March 30 to raise the awareness of Autism globally.



Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention, and physical health issues. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between two and three years of age. Studies also show that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls.


Each individual with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music, math, art and academic skills. About 40 per cent have average to above average intellectual abilities. Indeed, many persons on the spectrum take deserved pride in their distinctive abilities and "atypical" ways of viewing the world. Others with autism have significant disabilities and are unable to live independently. About 25 per cent of individuals with ASD are nonverbal but can learn to communicate using other means.

The overall mission of autism organizations is to support people affected by autism and their families to improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum. For some, this means the development and delivery of more effective treatments that can address significant challenges in communication and physical health. For others, it means increasing acceptance, respect and support.


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