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UG shows support for World Autism Month

first_img…lights up Registry building in blueThe University of Guyana joined the rest of the world in support of World Autism Month as they hosted their “light it up blue” campaign to raise awareness for persons living with autism. As such, the University lit up its Registry building to show support.This symbolic gesture was intended to “unite the world to shine a light on autism and increase greater understanding and acceptance for children, individuals and families across the globe.According to founder of Sorsha Williams Foundation for Autism and Special Education, Karen Williams, persons living with this developmental disorder are often placed under an umbrella.Being a mother herself to an autistic child, Williams further explained that the demands of living with a child with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress.“Parents have to deal with behaviours and pursue treatments while also planning for the future; siblings might feel embarrassed or overlooked; and it’s important for the whole family to stay involved in the community. Recognising and preparing for the challenges in store will make a tremendous difference to everyone involved, including parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family and friends,” Williams emphasised.The 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed on April 2, 2018. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.This year, #LIUB is being used to share experiences across social media and help light the world up blue this April.Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours or interests.last_img read more

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