On the eve of World Autism Day, Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa Sanctuary went blue for the second year,by the Autism Awareness Association AAA, as a sign of support to the Int'l Autism Awareness campaign, stressing on the importance of inclusion in the society and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention as well as family support.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that appears before the age of 3 and impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others causing significant difficulties in Social Interaction, Verbal & Non-Verbal Communication and Repetitive Behaviors.
Autism signs are mainly, lack of eye-contact, lack of speech, no response to others, no playing with peers, unusual behavior.
Autism affects 1 to 68 children, four times boys more than girls.
Actually, there is no medical cure for Autism. However, it's very important to know that only Early Diagnosis & Early Intensive Intervention by specialized therapies are Critical to make a big difference in the lives of children with Autism.
According to the United Nations, more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed and need support.
AAA thanks everyone who contributed to the success of this event, specially the cooperation of Father Younan Obeid, Rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary in Harissa, Bacchus Lighting, Hisham Saba Photography, as well as Chateau Rweiss team and the cooperation of the media for their major role in spreading awareness.