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World Autism Awareness Day 2011 Message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

World Autism Awareness Day 2011 – Message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
01 April 2011
The number of children and people with autistic conditions continues to rise – in every nation and in every racial, ethnic and social group. Although the recognition of autistic conditions among the scientific, health and care communities is improving, public awareness remains low. The annual observance of World Autism Awareness Day thus takes on ever greater importance as an opportunity to mobilize for action and assistance.

Please join us for Silly Sock Day 2011!

Carers and everyone please join us for Silly Sock Day 2011!

On Friday 1st April we are asking for people to wear their brightest, craziest socks to work or school in return for a small donation to Autism Anglia!

World Autism Awareness Day takes place the following day, when people all over the world will unite to raise awareness of autism.

To join in the fun, simply wear your silliest socks on 1st April, donate as little as £1 and help your local autism charity continue providing essential services across the region.

This is Alex. He used to find it difficult going to the shops, because busy places with lots of people would cause him distress.

Autism Anglia’s Family Support team helped Alex by providing his family with advice and practical solutions. As a result, Alex can now cope better with busy places and is able to enjoy going out with his family.

Kaspar the friendly robot helps autistic kids

Eden Sawczenko used to recoil when other little girls held her hand and turned stiff when they hugged her. This year, the 4-year-old autistic girl began playing with a robot that teaches about emotions and physical contact _ and now she hugs everyone.

“She’s a lot more affectionate with her friends now and will even initiate the embrace,” said Claire Sawczenko, Eden’s mother.
The girl attends a pre-school for autistic children in Stevenage, north of London, where researchers bring in a human-looking, child-sized robot once a week for a supervised session. The children, whose autism ranges from mild to severe, play with the robot for up to 10 minutes alongside a scientist who controls the robot with a remote control.