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1 April, 2021

April 2 start of World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month

APRIL 2 is World Autism Day and signifies the start of Autism Awareness Month in Australia.

By Andrew Sorensen

It also marks the commencement of Autism Queensland's annual Go Blue for Autism campaign.

The campaign aims to increase greater understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate, interact with others and cope in everyday situations.

The cause of autism is not fully understood, but structured early intervention, therapy and education delivered by professionals with expertise in autism can make a significant difference.

Autism Queensland is asking Queenslanders to raise funds to help them support people living with autism.

Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.

Signs of autism usually appear by age two or three.

Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.

Research shows that early intervention leads to positive outcomes later in life for people with autism.

So, to show your support for Autism Day wear blue.

For ways to raise money for autism go to

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