April 2nd is the "World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD)",
declared by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139"
in 2007 as an Annual Day
to take measures to raise Awareness about people with Autism throughout the world.
The 2017 WAAD observance is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information and Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The 2017 United Nations Theme
"Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination"
The 2010 United Nations Secretary General Message:
It is very important to become aware of what Autism is.
The 'Light it up blue' for Autism annual campaign
was launched in 2010 by 'Autism Speaks',
the largest Autism Organization in the World,
along with the international autism community
in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day,
sanctioned by the United Nations on Dec 2007.
April, is all known as World Autism Month in order to commemorate persons with autism and their families.
Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities around the world to “light in blue” in support of people living with autism.
Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place during April to increase understanding and acceptance and further support people with autism.
'LIGHT IT UP BLUE' in Lebanon
AAA joined the International LIUB Campaign in 2016 to raise Autism Awareness across Lebanon and organized several activities, such as LIUB, Wear it Blue for Autism, and several Conferences at Schools, Universities and Hotels.
2019 'LIGHT IT UP BLUE'
On April 2, 2019, Under the patronage of
HE Violette Khairallah Safadi, Minister of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth,
Lebanon's iconic statue and Sanctuary of The Lady of Lebanon -Harissa has been lit up in magical blue, for the third time, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day by
the AAA - Autism Awareness Association Lebanon
With the presence of Representative of HE Gebran Bassil,
Minister of Foreign and Emigrants' Affairs advisor to Special needs affairs, Mr Joe Rahal Foundation;
Father Younen Obeid, Rector of the sanctuary of our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa;
Ms Michele Fenianos, Director of the First Lady's office;
Mr Juan Hobeiche, President of Jounieh's Municipality;
Mrs Ghada Hayek Makhoul, President of AAA
along with the members of the association
and their families and friends.
Big thanks to Bacchus Production for his continuous support and dedication to our cause.
Photo Credits go to Hisham Saba photography
and Rita Akiki for editing
#اليوم_العالمي_للتوحد #الاضاءة_بالازرق #لبنان_بيتوحد_حول_التوحد
On the eve of April 2016, AAA launched the largest Autism Awareness campaign in Lebanon by participating at the 'Light it up Blue' for Autism campaign across Lebanon and lighting in blue several major ancient monuments, from the South to the North of Lebanon.
For the first time in Lebanon, The Citadels of Saida, Byblos & Tripoli and Our Lady of Lebanon Sanctuary, Harissa went blue by AAA, to spread Autism Awareness in Lebanon, along with several Lebanese monuments: Safadi Cultural Center, Rashid Karame Int'l Fair, Chateau Rweiss and Jeita Country Club.