The United Nations on 19 November 2007 declared 2nd April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).This is a historical marker for the autism community all over the world.The month April is considered as Autism Awareness Month which is a time to educate the community and promote inclusion about autism spectrum conditions.
Action for Autism had organised events on the day of WAAD as well as throught the month of April for spreading inclusion, awareness and acceptance .Autism Awareness Jamboree was celebrated by Action for Autism(AFA) at the Amphitheatre of India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.Major attraction of the event was inclusive Art Carnival where fourteen schools from National Capital Region participated and won prozes.
Another awareness raising event was jointly organised with National Trust, Ministry of Sicial Justice and Empowerment where persons wearing costumes of popular cartoon characters distributed flyers on autism in front of prominent monuments like Qutab Minar , Red Fort,Safdarjung Tomb and Humayun's Tomb of Delhi on 1st and 2nd April.Among these monuments Qutab Minar and Red Fort were lit in blue lights as part of the world wide campaign Light It Up Blue.
Celebrate Diversity:Celebrate Autism the Annual Day of our Open Door Special School was organised on 9 April.Each and every student with autism went on stage and performed in skits and play.
An important event on the occasion of Autism Awareness Month was Views From Planet Autism 2017, an unique exebition that exclusively featured paintainings by people on the autism spectrum.Artists form all over the country participated in the show. Some artists were present on the day of inauguration and interacted with the visitors to the exebition.The exebition was organised at the Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre from 25th to 27th April.
Coming back to Ananda, the programme Pilot Stay by Adults with Autism is continuing.Adults are enjoying their over night stay at Ananda:The Residence cum Rehabilitation project at Gurgaon.They are learning skills of independent living.
Computer Learning Programme for village children is also going on.Children are investing their time and energy on learning this new skill.
On the construction part,we made progress in construction of our first cottage at Ananda.The structure is complete and break work is going on.
We have also successfully installed solar panels for lighing up the outer area of the buildings and these are working well.