iADH are working to ensure that children and adults with autism and their caregivers do not suffer the added burden of poor oral health through lack of access to good quality effective and affordable dental care
The World Autism Awareness Day is being observed on 2 April and iADH is committed to educating its members to be aware of the particular oral healthcare needs of children adults with autism.
The day was unanimously declared as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to highlight the need to improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from autism.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during the first three years of life and results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain.
The disorder mostly affects children and is prevalent across countries, genders, races and socio-economic backgrounds.
“The rate of autism in all regions of the world is high and it has a tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies,” the UN said in a statement.
Children affected by autism have impairments in social interaction, problems with verbal and non-verbal communication and show restricted or repetitive behaviour, interests and activities.
Scientists presume distinct causes for the complex disorder.
2014: Call for action
This year’s World Autism Awareness Day marks the celebration of the creative minds of people with autism and calls for all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration for them, according to the UN.
“World Autism Awareness Day is about more than generating understanding; it is a call to action. I urge all concerned to take part in fostering progress by supporting education programmes, employment opportunities and other measures that help realise our shared vision of a more inclusive world,” UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said.