Friday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), a day dedicated to raising public awareness by recognizing individuals around the globe living with Autism Spectrum Disorder including our own family members, friends, neighbours, classmates and colleagues.
According to Autism Ontario, autism touches more than 70-million people. Approximately 1 in 66 children and youth are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada and this number continues to grow.
Since World Autism Day 2021 falls on Good Friday this year, the HWCDSB will be celebrating with school communities on Tuesday, April 6th with a system-wide “Prayer for Autism” during morning announcements. Some schools will also be “lighting it up blue” in support of the Hamilton Chapter of Autism Awareness.
Once again this year, the HWCDSB has partnered with Autism Ontario and other community organizations to host a World Autism Day Swag Bag Drive Through on Saturday, April 17 (see attached flyer for details). Families must register online through Autism Ontario to receive a time slot for curbside pick-up. There is a limited number of swag bags, so be sure to register early. The deadline is April 10, 2021.
For more information on World Autism Day, please visit Autism Ontario.