Today is a very special day. Today is Autism Awareness Day - a day dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating the people whose lives are touched by autism.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. Mozart, Einstein and Andy Warhol are among those famously believed to have had the condition.
Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. However most importantly, they are just everyone else. They have the same desires, the same joys and the same fears.
1 in 88 children – or 1.1 percent of the [U.S.] population — have been identified as having some form of autism spectrum disorder. (According to data released last week by the U.S. CDC)
55% of people with autism are bullied at school or college, according to figures from the National Autistic Society Cymru. On World Autism Awareness Day they are highlighting the problem to raise awareness of the condition and help prevent bullying.
So take a moment today, and think about the millions of people worldwide who have autism.