World Autism Awareness Day Commemoration by UN on 2 April

April 26, 2013
Source: UN Enable

World Autism Awareness Day was commemorated around the world on 2 April. At UN Headquarters, the Day's events included panel discussions to celebrate the abilities of people with autism. The first panel featured Neal Katz, a teenager with autism featured in the film “Autism The Musical”, Fazli Azeem, a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan who is on the autism spectrum, and Idil Azeem from Somalia, who has a child with autism. The second panel discussion entitled "Addressing the socioeconomic needs of individuals, families, and societies affected by autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders” was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Bahrain, India, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United States, in collaboration with DESA. The Day’s events at UN Headquarters also included a musical performance by Talina and “The Miracle Project” that includes performers with autism, as well as a film screening. (;