April 2nd marked the thirteenth Annual World Autism Awareness Day.
Since 2008, this event is celebrated every year on April 2nd. The United Nations member states were encouraged to observe World Autism Awareness Day in order to raise awareness of autism and aspergers syndrome around the world. Autism is a developmental disorder that refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.
The Social Protection Division within the Ministry of National Mobilisation, etc., headed by the Minister, Hon. Frederick Stephenson, joined with the international community to bring awareness to the day, under the theme: “The Transition to Adulthood”. The theme is a pertinent one as it focused holistically on issues that are related to the all-inclusive development of the autistic extended family members as they transition to adulthood.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 and physical distancing, the activity could not have been executed as planned, but within the Ministry, the staff was able to do the hand-painting that was displayed on the banner held by staff members of the Social Protection Division, along with the wearing of a multi-colored autism awareness ribbon, which were seen on the tops of staff members. In addition to that, the building was decorated with balloons bearing the autism symbol.
Director, Ms. Claudette Pierre, encouraged everyone to adhere to the warnings that are being issued by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment and to be each brother’s keeper, as we go through this difficult period.
Ms. Pierre took the opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored and participated in the event. The activity was spearheaded by Mrs. Karen Joseph-Nero.
SOURCE: Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Persons with Disability and Youth