On the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day April 2, the City of Lyon and several other French cities join the associations and light up their monuments in blue, a beautiful tribute to the families affected by this disease, declared Great National Cause in 2012 in France.
Today, 1 in 150 children are born with autism. Early screening and diagnosis allow the child to be properly cared for and thus guarantee better development. Screening a child with autism before he turns 3 is giving him every chance! They are still too few to be detected early. This delay is linked to an ignorance of the first characteristic signs of autism. This handicap results from poor brain function. This results in a communication difficulty, a deterioration in the appreciation of the environment, and non-spontaneous learning.
The UN invests in the treatment of autism
Since December 18, 2007, April 2 has been dedicated to raising awareness about autism around the world. By adopting this resolution, the United Nations wanted to shed light on the need to improve the quality of life of children and adults with autism, in order to facilitate their development and social integration. On this occasion, many events are organized across the planet, with the aim of informing the general public on the different degrees of this handicap, on the importance of diagnosis and early interventions as well as on research advances in this domain.
Lyon dresses in blue
This evening at 8 p.m., at the end of the Municipal Council, the facade and the courtyard of the Town Hall on the Place de la Comédie will be illuminated, in blue, in order to be associated with this international highlight on the autism. Like everywhere in the world, the main French monuments will be illuminated in blue this evening.
To celebrate this day now part of international mores, the benchmark association in autism, Autism Speaks, launched a campaign named “Light it up Blue”. This action aims to illuminate a maximum of monuments, public but also private buildings, restaurants, shops, or museums in blue to finally shed light on autism and bring this handicap out of the shadows.
Lyon is therefore participating in this event, like many French and international cities that have joined the movement. In France, it is the Collectif National Autisme which transmits the message of Autism Speaks, and which rallies the hexagon to this world event.
Archive for monday, april 2, 2012