In addition to bringing us refreshing showers, threatening thunderstorms, gutsy little flowers that boldly stick their fragile little heads out of the mud, and other long-awaited promises of Spring, April 2008 will also include the first ever World Autism Awareness Day. The effort, being held on Wednesday, April 2nd, is the result of a resolution introduced by the nation of Qatar and approved by the United Nations on December 18, 2007.

That recognition, described at as an “unprecendented global effort…marked around the world with education, awareness and celebration,” is expected to continue to raise awareness for autism to a whole new level. CNN is dedicating the day to mass coverage of this important topic with its programming entitled, ‘The Myths of Autism.’ One in 150 children is now diagnosed with autism, which is four times more common in boys than girls.

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Awareness is key for all disabilities.

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