It is estimated that in Australia, about one in hundred people is affected with Autism. Still, awareness about the mental disorder is lacking among the people. However, all those who are interested in helping children suffering with Autism can take part in the coming Autism Awareness Month.
April is being celebrated as Autism Awareness Month. It has been informed that on Saturday an event called ‘The Big Autism Thing’ would be organized by a group of South Africans. In the event, the participants would be seen taking a stride from Durban to Cape Town.
The walk is being organized with the pursuit of raising awareness about Autism and to raise funds. The funds thus raised by the participants would be directed towards improving the life of kids suffering with Autism.
The event would start in the morning at 9:00 a. m. It has been informed that Melissa Naude, a 19-year-old girl, would also be taking part in the event. Melissa Naude is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome which is a type of Autism.
The Chairperson of Action in Autism, Liza Aziz, was reported as saying: “April is World Autism Awareness Month, with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. And with 300000 people in South Africa who are on the spectrum, we are using this opportunity to ensure greater awareness is created about this often misunderstood disability”.
It has been unveiled that funds raised by the event would be donated to Association for Autism, Action in Autism (KZN), De Grendel Homes, Autism Eastern Cape and Academy for Adults with Autism (WC) and Charity-on-the-Go.
A person suffering from Autism often finds it hard to interact with society and to maintain relationship. People are being encouraged to show their support for the Autism Awareness Month by talking part in the longer walk.