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World Autism Awareness Day



From: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/11/health/vans-autism-awareness-shoe-collection-trnd/index.html


Across the world on April 2, 2020, people donned blue to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. During the ongoing pandemic, it is more important than ever to recognize the difficulties faced by people on the autism spectrum and ensure that their voices are heard and their rights protected.


In a world of increasing accessibility and inclusivity, this year, many companies joined in on the celebration in their own ways. Apple highlighted autism apps, including an app called Proloquo2Go that helps people communicate, and collaborated with The Art of Autism on an exhibit to feature autistic artists. Disney Junior announced a new series titled "Fancy Nancy," which will spotlight the experience of a young autistic boy and his friend, to help young children learn how to mindfully engage with people with autism. The Ingles family, whose son was diagnosed with autism in February 2019, teamed up with Chip Cookies to release a new cookie that will be sold with proceeds going towards specialized spaces, therapy, and programs for people with autism. In early March, Vans announced a new line of shoes that would feature a calming, blue-themed color palette, with features such as an adjustable toe that are designed specifically for people with autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from sales will be donated to A.skate Foundation, a foundation that teaches autistic children to skateboard.


In such uncertain times, it is heartwarming to see that so many people across the world are still coming together to raise autism awareness and contribute to building a more inclusive society.


References:


Allen, Trevor. "Ingles Family, Chip Cookies Partner Up For Autism Awareness Month." KSL Sports, 5 April 2020.


Jackson, Amanda. "Vans releases new Autism Awareness Collection designed with sensory-inclusive elements." CNN, 12 March 2020.


Lovejoy, Ben. "Autism apps highlighted by Apple on Autism Awareness Day." 9to5Mac, 2 April 2020.


Ramos, Dino-Ray. "Disney’s ‘Fancy Nancy’ To Spotlight Autistic Character For World Autism Awareness Day." Deadline, 31 March 2020.

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