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Paint the town blue, this World Autism Awareness Day

Monday blues just got a new definition

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 2 April 2018, 7:33 PM
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, turned blue last year

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, turned blue last year Image: Instagram

If you spot your city and its people turning blue today, it's not a Monday thing. It is an endeavour in honour of World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated on April 2 every year.

This is a part of the #LightItUpBlue campaign spearheaded by the autism community to help us — those not afflicted by the ailment — understand and accept the ones suffering from autism.

If you are one of those sceptical ones, wondering if this is just a gimmick, here's why it is so relevant to India. It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the country.

 

 

 

 

Now the number may not be that large. But imagine this — when these kids are enrolled in mainstream educational institutes, the staff almost always has no idea about their special needs. Eventually, after years of being ridiculed or chastised for their inability to grasp things, they are asked to leave, thereby shunting their normal growth.

Hence, it is imperative for teachers and parents to be aware of and sensitive towards those who show signs of autism. And ask questions whenever in doubt. So, if you spot the iconic Qutub Minar in Delhi or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai turn blue today, don't forget to click a picture and share it on social media.

Here's how Twitter is abuzz about the day and its significance:

 

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