Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

by Carolyn Darr on April 2, 2015

Today makes that eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Started in 2007 by the United Nations, World Autism Awareness day aims to highlight autism as a global health crisis, increase world knowledge of the disorder, and spread information about the importance of early diagnoses and intervention. Another aspect of the celebration is honoring autistic people around the world whose unique skills and abilities have a tremendous effect on those around them. As one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States, we believe Autism awareness is worth celebrating. In honor of World Autism Awareness Day the University of Michigan Press will be joining Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign and turning our social media blue! We encourage all our readers to learn more about autism and show your support.

Discover a personal perspective on autism in Annie Lubliner Lehmann’s The Accidental Teacher. This memoir details the experience of Annie and her severely autistic son and he grows into a young adult. Despite being non-verbal Jonah teaches her a multitude of valuable life lessons without saying a word.



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