World Autism Awareness Day at the United Nations

un_waadIn December of 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The WAAD was first celebrated in 2008 and this year, the United Nations has a variety of events planned. I received the following email notification and was invited to pass it along to my readers.

Save the Date – World Autism Awareness Day 2009 at the United Nations
Meet the Author: Dr. Temple Grandin
Wednesday, 1 April at 6:00 p.m.
Conference Room 4,
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Lecture by renowned scientist and bestselling author,
Dr. Temple Grandin.
Followed by Q&A session and book signing

Screening of Autism : The Musical
Friday, 3 April at 6:00 p.m.
Trusteeship Council,
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Screening of the two-time Emmy-award winning HBO documentary based on The Miracle Project Theater Arts Programme for children with autism, followed by a panel discussion and a performance by The Miracle Project children.

For security reasons, RSVP is required. Please, email

Photo by David Paul Ohmer

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