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WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2014 - WEDNESDAY 2ND APRIL
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.
The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.
By bringing together autism organisations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, inclusion and hope.
PACT for Autism are celebrating WAAD 2014 by lighting up the Harvey Centre 'Blue' and showing the world that Harlow is becoming a leading town on Autism. PACT for Autism would like to thank the Harlow Star, Harlow Playhouse, Harlow District Council, Burnt Mill Academy, Passmores Academy and Milwards Primary School for supporting this event.
We will be raising awareness in our community by having our PACT for Autism stand in Asda, Water Gardens on Wednesday 2nd April. Our team of volunteers will be helping customers with bag packing, collecting donations and talking to customers about our charity. Please do come and see us and show your support of World Autism Awareness Day 2014!
In celebration Cineworld Harlow will showing an autism friendly screening of "Muppets Most Wanted" on Wednesday 2nd April at 3.45 pm and "Rio 2" on Sunday 6th April at 11.00 am, this is in addition to the screenings held on the first Sunday of every month at 11.00 am.
Please help to raise awareness and much needed funds by having a cake sale, wearing an article of blue clothing at work and asking your work colleagues to join in, paint your nails blue, in return for a donation to our charity. You can donate through "JustGiving" by clicking on the donate button at the top of this page. Please encourage family, friends and colleagues to join in our celebrations and to show the World that we might be a small charity, but we have a BIG message!
Check out the 2014 Parent / Carer meeting dates for Harlow and Bishops Stortford with guest speakers from varying agencies including Families in Focus, InterAct and Essex Cares.
- Wild n Wacky family adventure play dates for 2014 are listed here
- Autism Talks and other events will be posted on our events page. Go there now to see event dates
- SAVE THE DATE! PACT for Autism "Black & White" Charity Ball will be held on Saturday 18th October 2014, The Manor Suite, Manor of Groves Hotel, High Wych. Full details and the online booking form for guests will be launched in the Spring. PACT for Autism are currently seeking sponsorship and donations for this fundraising event, please visit our Events page for the online donation form.
- 'RELAXED PERFORMANCE' of Cinderella, Harlow Playhouse - PACT for Autism are delighted to announce that the Harlow Playhouse will be hosting a Relaxed Performance of Cinderella over the Christmas period. For full details, please contact the Box Office directly on 01279 431945.
2013 Masked Charity Ball
The 2013 Charity Ball was an amazing success and we would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support. Please visit their sites by clicking the logos below to learn more about the people that support PACT for Autism.
Push for Action - National Autistic Society
If you want to know what progress has been made in your local area and to join our campaign to improve this, to find out more and to join the campaign, click here, or push the red button over there on the left to sign up now!
Please watch our 5 minute video about why we set up PACT for Autism: