World Autism Awareness Day

Date: 16th July 2014

Posted on: 16-07-2014

 This April marks Autism Awareness Month, an entire month devoted to raising awareness about this disease. Today is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day –  April 2, 2014.


Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. One of the biggest campaigns is Light It Up Blue. It is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honour of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, schools and retail stores “go blue”. 


You can shine a light on autism in by:

  • Light a building – organisations can light the exterior or interior blue,  wear blue, turn a website blue or add the Light It Up Blue logo

  • Host a blue event

  • Make a donation


Many of our ASLTIP members specialise in disorders on the autism spectrum. Speech and language therapists are often involved with multidisciplinary teams working with children and adults with ASD. The following may form part of therapy for clients with ASD:

  • early listening and attention skills

  • play skills

  • social skills

  • alternative ways of communicating (e.g. PECS, signing, use of electronic communication aids)

  • understanding and using language.


Click here to search for Speech Therapists in your area with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a specialty.


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