Recent news has revealed that the United Nations Postal Administration has declared to play a crucial role in spreading the awareness of autism. The administration announced that it will be launching a series of postage stamps in this connection.
The announcement made on the World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) witnessed the introduction of those stamps that were designed by the eight artists suffering from autism. Autism is a brain disorder, which is characterized impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.
It has been estimated that about 25% of the people affected by autism were non-verbal, but were determined enough to learn to communicate through other means. And as a result, many autistic people were seen excelling in many fields of education.
David Failor, an official of the UN Postal administration, who announced the launch of these stamps in three United Nations Post Offices, in New York, Geneva and Vienna and even online, stated that it was a very difficult task to put up the idea of autism on postage stamp. He emphasized that the visual description was a tedious task.
But then it was decided to choose the autistic people to design these postage stamps. Moreover, the Head of Graphic Design at the UN Postal Administration, Rorie Katz affirmed that the work submitted was far beyond imagination. He asserted that the initial settlement was to launch three stamps, observing the work it was decided that eight stamps will be launched.
Failor said, "This is probably one of the most exciting initiatives I've seen. Moreover, the most rewarding part of the experience had been discovering the talent people with autism had working with their passionate and energetic support networks".
The stamps are expected to be launched by next Monday. These stamps will also be submitted online, however, that is expected to be carried out after Monday.