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2 April 2022 – World Autism Awareness Day

We are proud to share this message from our Patron, Her Excellency, the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM, Governor of Queensland, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day 2022. We also offer our sincere thanks to Her Excellency for her involvement and support of this special day.



Autism Awareness Day is a day to remember that no two people on the spectrum are the same and each person has their own way of seeing the world, which makes them interesting and unique.

This UN-sanctioned day is an international reminder to everyone to continue the conversation about autism and to work toward a greater understanding and appreciation of people on the autism spectrum in our community.

We want every Queenslander who is on the spectrum participate to their fullest extent in life, to have opportunities to make friends, gain employment and feel safe, and perhaps most importantly, to have the right to make their own choices about their lives.

Autism Queensland strives to do this every day for the people we support, but we need the community to recognise the importance of understanding autism and those living with it.

There is still a huge gap in understanding in the broader community, and many myths around autism that just won’t go away. World Autism Awareness Day is an annual reminder of the need for greater understanding about autism leading to improved connections and participation for everyone who is part of the autism community.

This year Autism Queensland has again partnered with the Brisbane City Council to light up Brisbane’s Victoria and Story Bridges, this year in a spectrum of colours to represent the diversity of autism. Sculptures in Reddacliff Place will also be lit up in a rolling rainbow as the different colors move across the bridges. some of the cities major bridges.

In previous years our theme for the month was based around the color blue, however we feel changing times and attitudes make this no longer appropriate, and instead we encourage the community to wear whatever colour on the spectrum makes them feels happy.

Pam Macrossan

In 2022 the United Nations will observe the Day with a global virtual event on the theme Inclusive Quality Education For All on Friday 8 April.

A message from the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, reaffirmed: ‘its commitment to an inclusive, equitable and sustainable world for persons with autism’.

Read the full message        Read more about the Virtual Event



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