World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution, which declares April 2 as WAAD. This UN resolution is one of only three official health-specific United Nations Days that bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The WAAD resolution encourages all “Member States” to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.
WAAD shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.
Every year prominent landmarks are lit blue all around the world to increase awareness on Autism. In Nepal, Light It Up Blue was started from 2012; since then we have been successfully able to lighting Blue in Basantapur Durbar, Boudha Stupa, Swayambhu Stupa, Dharahara tower, TU teaching Hospital, Midhat Hospital, Dhulikhel Hospital, Manipal Hospital, Kathmandu Medical College, Boudha Stupa and many residential building.
In this regard, ACNS is going to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and Light it Up Blue (LIUB) program on 3rd April 2018 at Boudhha Stupa from 4:00 pm onwards marking 11th World Autism Awareness Day with the theme ” Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”. Along with this there will be Walkathon program on 2nd April 2018 starting from Autism Care Nepal Society at morning 7:00 am sharp.
It’s also our pleasure to announce that ACNS is organizing different programs throughout this April 2018 to celebrate WAAD and its successful completion of 10th year of service to children with Autism and their families. We would also like to request you to “Light it up blue at your home, office, buildings, monuments or any premises of yours on 2nd April to raise awareness about Autism and support the campaign”.
Autism Awareness Campaign and World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2018
|Date||Program and Activities||Time||Remarks|
|25th March||Orientation Program and Workshop for Volunteers at ACNS||11:00 am – 2:00 pm||Involvement of whole ACNS family and Volunteers|
|28th March||Autism Workshop at TUTH for MBBS students||10:00-12:00 am||TUTH premises|
|27th March||Orientation to Volunteers at ACNS premises||3:00- 5:00 pm||ACNS team|
|31st March||Press Meet||8:00 am- 9 am||Collaboration with ICID Nepal|
|2nd April||Walkathon Program||7:00am- 9:00 am||Starting from ACNS and ending at ACNS|
|Stall exhibition in Teaching Hospital||1:00pm- 4:00 pm||Collaboration with Teaching Hospital|
|Light It up Blue at Teaching Hospital||6:30 pm – 8:30 pm||Main Building|
|3rd April||Main Event: Marking 11th World Autism Awareness Day- WAAD “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”||4:00 pm- 7:30 pm||All the Invitees are requested to join the program at Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu.|
|Mandala Preparation||4:00 pm -5:00 pm|
|Informal Program||5:00-5:30 pm|
|Registration and IEC materials Distribution and Stall Exhibition|
|Musical performance by volunteers|
|Flash Mob program|
|Formal Program||5:30 pm – 6:30 pm|
|Arrival of distinguished guests||5:30 pm||MC: Mr. Surendra Bajracharya|
|Inauguration program and Batch Distribution||5:30 pm||Mrs. Mahalaxmi Karki and subordinate staffs|
|National Anthem||5:35 pm -5:40 pm||Technical team|
|Musical performance by Children with Autism (CWAs) of ACNS||5:40 pm- 5:50 pm||All CWAs, parents and Teachers|
|Stage Drama performance||5:50 pm- 6:10 pm||Yuwalaya|
|Speech by Special Guest||6:10 pm -6:15 pm||H.E. Pete Budd, Australian Ambassador|
|Certificate and Token of Love distribution||6:15 pm- 6: 25 pm||Australian Volunteer and Artists of Drama|
|Thank you Speech by Chairperson of ACNS||6:25 pm- 6:30 pm||Dr. Sunita Maleku Amatya|
|Closing ceremony : Blue Candle Lightening and Light It up Blue program (LIUB) at Boudha Stupa||6:30 pm||Lightening starting from Chief and special guest|
|Group Photography and Photography Competition||6:30 pm Onwards||Best photograph will win special gift hamper from Autism Care Nepal Society.|
|5th April||Autism Sports and Physical Activity program at Campion Kathmandu S. School, Gahanapokhari, Tangal, Kathmandu||1:00 pm to 3:00 pm||Collaboration with Engage and Campion Kathmandu S. School supported by NPO Rariguras|
|10th April||Create Art for Autism||11:00 am onwards||ACNS premises supported by Australian Government|
|2nd and 3rd week of April||Institution Visit and Autism Awareness Program:
· Phoenix school,
· Kadambari College,
· Triton College
|Yet to be fixed|
|4th week of April||Interaction Program with Government Stakeholders, Parliamentarians, media||Yet to be fixed|