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The Office of the Public Guardian celebrates 2 April, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). This day aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism – and others living with autism – face every day. As a growing global health issue owing to its increasing exposure in the press and common knowledge, autism is an issue that is only gaining more understanding, and World Autism Awareness Day activities are planned every year to further increase and develop world knowledge of children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

What’s more, World Autism Awareness Day goes one step further to celebrate the unique talents of those with autism, while putting a huge focus on the warm embrace and welcome that these skills deserve through community events around the globe.

In Australia, it is estimated that one in 100 people have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – which is almost 230,000 Australians – a significant number for a disability that was once considered rare.

If you would like to find out more information on Autism Awareness, please visit their website at www.autismawareness.com.au.

If you would like to talk to someone about guardianship please call 1800 810979 or view our FAQ fact sheet.